Vets Place Central shooting, Milwaukee police release bodycam video

The Milwaukee Police Department on Friday, Feb. 3 released a community briefing related to the fatal officer-involved shooting of a Vets Place Central resident.

Police were called to the facility near 34th and Wells on Dec. 20, 2022 for reports of a man who fired shots. Inside, an officer shot and killed that man – 66-year-old Stanley Stubblefield.

Edited body camera video shows Stubblefield armed in the basement of the facility, along with other residents. Police said he "took physical control" of two people, and officers were heard on video describing it as a hostage situation.

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In the video, officers can be heard ordering Stubblefield to drop his weapon and show his hands. Stubblefield, while holding someone, pointed his gun at the two officers who were first inside. One of the officers shot Stubblefield in the head, killing him.

No one else was hurt. Police recovered Stubblefield's gun and one casing at the scene. 

MPD bodycam video from Vets Place Central shooting on Dec. 20, 2022.

MPD said the officer who shot Stubblefield is 38 years old and has been with the police department for nearly two decades. The second officer, a 40-year-old with more than 13 years of service, did not fire his weapon.

The officer who shot Stubblefield remains on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation. The incident is being investigated by the Milwaukee Area Investigative Team, and the Oak Creek Police Department is the lead agency. 

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