MILWAUKEE, WI — A 29-year-old Milwaukee Police Department officer was hospitalized Tuesday after being struck by a vehicle during a traffic stop in Milwaukee’s north side, reports TMJ4.
The incident occurred near North 40th Street and West Villard Avenue, in the city’s Old North Milwaukee area, shortly before noon.
Milwaukee Police said officers with the Special Investigation Division were surveilling a home in the neighborhood for suspected illegal possession of firearms and drugs. At one point, they conducted a traffic stop on a man who was seen leaving the residence and driving away. Though the driver initially stopped, they then sped off, prompting a pursuit.
Officials said the driver in the fleeing vehicle eventually collided with an uninvolved vehicle before getting out and running away from the scene. As police began to chase the man on foot, a second suspect in a separate vehicle appeared to intentionally drive into one of the officers.
Another officer fired more than one shot toward the striking driver, who fled the scene in their vehicle. It was unclear whether that fleeing suspect was shot.
The struck officer was rushed to a local hospital with serious injuries, but is expected to survive, according to the MPD.
Authorities said the driver of the uninvolved vehicle sustained minor injuries, but did not say whether the patient was taken to a hospital.
An investigation is being led by the Milwaukee Police Criminal Investigation Bureau.
Our experienced team of Milwaukee pedestrian accident lawyers at Lindner Law, LLC is personally invested in working on behalf of those impacted by negligent drivers. If you or a family member has been hurt in a recent pedestrian crash caused by another party, we are prepared to fight for the compensation your family deserves. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.