Armed 23-year-old convicted felon shot, injured by MPD officer; semi-automatic pistol recovered

MILWAUKEE -- A Milwaukee police officer shot an armed suspect near 20th and Center on Tuesday, August 4th.

The suspect was taken to the hospital. Police were able to recover the suspect's gun -- a .380 semi-automatic pistol.

Police say this all began near 19th and Clarke. Plain-clothes officers came across individuals they suspected were involved in drug activity.

Officer-involved shooting near 20th and Clarke

The officers conducted a field interview -- and that's when one suspect fled the scene on foot.

Police say a pursuit ensued, and it ended near 20th and Center.

That's where one suspect fired a round at the officer as that suspect was running away, and the officer returned fire.

We're told the suspect fired at least one round, and the officer fired several rounds.

Officer-involved shooting near 20th and Clarke

The suspect was hit one time. His injuries are believed to be non life-threatening.

He is a 23-year-old convicted felon, and police say he had "multiple open warrants."

"I think we`ve got a concern right now with the willingness of our offender community to use their firearms. I think that`s been demonstrated over and over again in recent months," Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn said.

The Milwaukee police officer involved in this incident is 34 years old, and has been on the force for 11 years. He has been placed on administrative duty, as is protocol in these situations.

Officer-involved shooting near 20th and Clarke

"When I saw them running with guns, I ran to the corner because they were running in the same direction. I didn`t want to get hit as an innocent bystander," one witness told FOX6 News.

"It was really scary. I was like, I don`t know. This is my home. I stay down the street," another witness said.

Officer-involved shooting near 20th and Clarke

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