Judge sentences Jerry Hubbard to 37 years in prison for stabbing officer, suffocating girlfriend

MILWAUKEE -- A Milwaukee County judge sentenced 34-year-old Jerry Hubbard of Wauwatosa on Monday, October 10th to 37 years in prison and another 19 years of extended supervision.

Hubbard pleaded guilty in September to one count of first degree reckless homicide and one count of first degree recklessly endangering safety. He was accused of suffocating his girlfriend and stabbing a Wauwatosa police officer — leading to an officer-involved shooting at the Normandy Village Apartments.

Police were called out to the Normandy Village Apartments, located near 124th and North Avenue in Wauwatosa around 8:00 p.m. on January 11th for a domestic incident.

Officer-involved shooting at Normandy Village Apartments in Wauwatosa

A tenant reported hearing a woman screaming, and the sounds of a physical struggle — and then silence — prompting her to call 911.  The caller told police she heard a female voice yell words to the effect: “You’re not going to tell me what to do.”

When officers arrived, they began to pound on the door of the apartment, but received no reply. At that time, the tenant who initially called police reported seeing someone jump off a balcony.

Shortly thereafter, a chase ensued between officers and someone who was fleeing the scene. The fleeing suspect was later identified as Jerry Hubbard.

The Wauwatosa police chief said officers caught up to Hubbard near N. 124 Street. At that time, a physical struggle ensued between Hubbard and a 50-year-old police supervisor — and Hubbard produced a kitchen knife with an eight-inch blade.

Officer-involved shooting at Normandy Village Apartments in Wauwatosa

“The suspect cut or slashed and stabbed at the supervisor repeatedly. Two of the other officers that were on the scene fired their service weapons to stop the threat. Each officer fired one round, we believe from their handgun, striking the suspect with a total of two rounds,” Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber said.

Hubbard was taken to the hospital.

Following the officer-involved shooting, investigators found the body of 32-year-old Lauren Johnson below the balcony of the apartment. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to the criminal complaint, an autopsy was performed on Johnson, and a medical examiner determined the cause of death to be suffocation. Johnson’s death was ruled a homicide.

Officer-involved shooting at Normandy Village Apartments in Wauwatosa