Milwaukee police shooting; suspect dead after shots fired at squad

A man is dead after a Milwaukee police shooting Tuesday night, Sept. 13 near 33rd and Galena. Two suspects are wanted 

Police said 40-year-old Sherman Solomon and two others were involved in a shootout with officers just after 9 p.m. Tuesday. Solomon was hit and taken to the hospital where he later died.

Solomon's mother does not live far from where the shooting happened. She did not want to speak on camera, but told FOX6 News she wants to know what happened to her son.

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"As (officers) arrived, gunshots struck their squad nearly hitting the officers," Milwaukee Police Chief Jeffrey Norman said.

Norman said three cops, who are with the Tactical Enforcement Unit, pulled up because of a Shotspotter alert. They say they got out and started to shoot back at three people, hitting Solomon. Police said the other two people, who they are calling suspects, ran off.

Police shooting near 33rd and Cherry, Milwaukee

"A handgun was used by one of the suspects, which was equipped with a drum magazine, was recovered from the scene," said Norman.

That type of magainze holds 30-50 rounds. Police said the gunfire did not hit anyone else, but it did hit houses and a car.

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One person who lives nearby told FOX6 off camera that they saw one person leave a nearby store shortly before the shooting started, cock a gun and begin firing. They said hearing gunshots isn't anything new, but they have no idea why the shooting started. Neither do police.

"Neighborhoods like this do not deserve this type of actions out here, where people who are families, children going to school, people going to work, do not have to be threatened by this type of violence in our city," Norman said.

The three Milwaukee officers who were involved have been placed on administrative duty, which is routine. They have been identified as:

  • A 30-year-old man with 11 years of service
  • A 34-year-old man with eight years of service
  • A 49-year-old man with 15 years of service

Police shooting near 33rd and Cherry, Milwaukee

Public records show Solomon served prison time for a 1999 felony armed robbery conviction and was paroled from state prison last fall.

The Wauwatosa Police Department and Wisconsin Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation were at the scene into Wednesday afternoon