Shots fired at Milwaukee officers near 23rd and Locust

Milwaukee police are searching for an armed suspect who fired upon officers near 23rd and Locust on Tuesday evening, May 10.

Officials say around 8:20 p.m. Tuesday, officers responded to a "subject with a gun" complaint near 24th and Chambers. When they arrived on the scene, officers encountered an armed individual who fled on foot.

Shots fired at officers near 23rd and Locust, Milwaukee

The officers pursued the individual on foot – until they reached the area near 23rd and Locust. Officers verbally identified themselves and gave numerous verbal commands for the individual to stop. Officials say the suspect turned and discharged a firearm at the officers who, after being fired upon, returned fire. 

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A news release says it is unknown whether the individual was struck by gunfire. Officers did not capture him. The officers involved in this gunfire exchange were not hurt.

Shots fired at officers near 23rd and Locust, Milwaukee

Neighbor's account

"I’m like dang my kids could have been dead today, all three of them, my great little grand baby, including me," said Dorstine Coleman, who lives near 23rd and Locust.

Coleman's grandchildren were playing in her front yard just before dinner time Tuesday evening. 

Dorstine Coleman

"I was about to go make sandwiches and stuff because I’m not cooking and that’s when we heard all the bullets ring out," Coleman said. "I heard a gun like, they were big guns too I heard a gun shoot like one towards that way. Sounds of shooting."

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Coleman is upset that her front yard became a crime scene – and just wants the gun violence to stop.

"I hope that they take these guns off the street and we start protecting our children," Coleman said. "We were safe, and thankful that we didn’t get hurt. I always pray for protection."

Shots fired at officers near 23rd and Locust, Milwaukee

Anyone with any information on this incident is urged to contact Milwaukee police at 414-935-7360 or to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 414-224-TIPS or P3 Tips App.