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UPDATE: Hearing delayed for man shot at Milwaukee hospital

UPDATE: A plea hearing is postponed for the Milwaukee man who prompted a lockdown of a children

Ashanti Hendricks

UPDATED Wednesday, March 26, 2014 --- 1:56 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A plea hearing is postponed for the Milwaukee man who prompted a lockdown of a children's hospital after flashing a gun at police.

Twenty-two-year-old Ashanti Len Hendricks was scheduled to enter a plea Wednesday. But defense attorney Gerald Boyle had a family emergency and also filed a request to withdraw from the case. A hearing on that request will be April 7.

Hendricks faces charges including child abuse and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Police were tipped off in November that Hendricks had a warrant out and was at that moment at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, near Milwaukee.

Officers approached Hendricks, who dropped the 2-month-old baby he was holding and fled down a hallway. Police shot him in the arm after they say he refused to drop his gun.

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UPDATED Wednesday, March 26, 2014 --- 5:24 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A Milwaukee man who was holding a baby at Children's Hospital when he allegedly drew a gun on police officers is expected to enter a plea.

Twenty-two-year-old Ashanti Len Hendricks is charged with child abuse, bail jumping and possessing a gun as a felon. A plea hearing is set for Wednesday afternoon.

Police responded to the Milwaukee hospital in November after receiving a tip. A caller told them Hendricks was wanted for possessing a gun as a felon and was believed to be armed in the hospital.

Officers approached Hendricks as he held the baby. Prosecutors say he either dropped or threw the baby, who suffered a skull fracture. Police shot him twice in the arm as he fled.

Hendricks' defense attorney, Gerald Boyle, did not immediately return a message.

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UPDATED Monday, November 25, 2013 --- 11:18 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A man accused of causing a lockdown at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in suburban Milwaukee is facing a new charge of felony child abuse.

Authorities say Ashanti Hendricks either dropped or threw the baby he was holding when police officers approached him in the hospital's neonatal unit on Nov. 14. The child suffered a skull fracture.

Prosecutors filed an amended complaint for Hendricks' preliminary hearing Monday. The Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/cNRNYD ) says the 22-year-old defendant waived the preliminary hearing and pleaded not guilty to all charges. Hendricks is also charged with possessing a gun as a felon and bail jumping.

Police responded to Children's after getting a tip that Hendricks was wanted on a warrant, was known to carry a gun and was visiting the hospital. Officers say they shot Hendricks after he drew a gun.

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UPDATED Tuesday, November 19, 2013 --- 10:54 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A judge has ordered the felon who was shot and wounded by police at a Milwaukee area hospital to remain in custody.

Ashanti Hendricks appeared in a Milwaukee County courtroom Tuesday handcuffed to a wheelchair and his left hand and arm bandaged. The 22-year-old Milwaukee man is charged with bail jumping, possessing a gun as a felon and resisting an officer.

Officers shot Hendricks twice in the arm last Thursday at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Police say they received a tip that Hendricks was wanted for possessing a gun as a felon and was believed to be carrying a weapon in the hospital.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Hendricks eluded officers during a chase on the hospital's seventh floor. A criminal complaint says Hendricks was armed with a loaded semi-automatic weapon.

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UPDATED Monday, November 18, 2013 --- 8:12 p.m.

WAUWATOSA, Wis. (AP) -- Prosecutors have charged a Milwaukee man who was shot and wounded by police in a children's hospital after he allegedly brandished a semi-automatic weapon.

Twenty-two-year-old Ashanti Hendricks was charged Monday with four offenses.

Police say they shot Hendricks twice in the arm Thursday. They were responding to a tip that Hendricks was at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, and likely armed. Hendricks had a warrant out for being a felon in possession of a weapon.

No one else was hurt.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the complaint reveals that Hendricks eluded officers three times during a foot chase on the hospital's seventh floor -- and even took off running after he was handcuffed.

Hendricks' attorney says it's too early to say how Hendricks will respond to the new charges.

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UPDATED Friday, November 15, 2013 --- 7:45 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Milwaukee County prosecutors plan to file charges next week against a man whom police shot and wounded in a children's hospital after he allegedly brandished a semi-automatic weapon.

Assistant prosecutor Kent Lovern said Friday his office expects to charge 22-year-old Ashanti Hendricks in the first part of next week. Lovern declined to say what charges are being considered.

Police say they shot Hendricks twice in the arm Thursday. They were responding to a tip that Hendricks was at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, and likely armed. Hendricks had a warrant out for being a felon in possession of a weapon.

Police say Hendricks initially complied with officers' requests to come with them, but then he bolted down an empty hallway, where officers shot him.

It wasn't immediately clear Friday if Hendricks has an attorney.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press
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UPDATED Thursday, November 14, 2013 --- 1:17 p.m.

From our news partner, WITI in Milwaukee:

WAUWATOSA (WITI) — A suspect who had a warrant out for his arrest was shot and wounded on the seventh floor of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Wauwatosa around noon on Thursday, November 14th.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke says at 11:59 a.m., a call came into dispatch that there was an “active shooter” situation at Children’s Hospital. Milwaukee police officers were apparently conducting a warrant pickup on a man who was wanted for a felon in possession of a firearm.

Officials say officers identified the suspect in the neo-natal unit on the seventh floor. He was holding a baby at the time. Officers then informed the suspect he was under arrest. At that time, the suspect put the baby down and fled down a hallway.

While officers chased after the suspect, the suspect showed a handgun. Officials say he turned around several times with that gun — and officers fired several shots, striking the suspect.

The suspect is being treated at Froedtert Hospital — his injuries are not life-threatening.

Sheriff Clarke says the mother and baby in this incident are fine. No hospital personnel were hurt in this incident.


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UPDATED Thursday, November 14, 2013 --- 1:00 p.m.

WAUWATOSA, Wis. (AP) -- Children's Hospital of Wisconsin says it is currently on lockdown while police respond to a report of gunshots being fired.

The hospital said in a statement that it has implemented emergency protocols.

Witnesses who told WTMJ they were calling from inside the suburban Milwaukee hospital said a man was shot by police.

Milwaukee County Sheriff's spokeswoman Fran McLaughlin says a suspect is in custody. Wauwatosa police referred questions to the sheriff's department.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Thursday, November 14, 2013 --- 12:40 p.m.

From our news partner, WITI in Milwaukee:

WAUWATOSA (WITI) — The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office and Wauwatosa Police Department have responded to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin for an apparent “active shooter” incident.

A law enforcement source confirms to FOX6 News that a “wanted person” was shot and wounded by police at Children’s Hospital. The source also says the subject is in custody and all police are okay.

Children’s Hospital said in a statement, “Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is currently on lockdown while law enforcement responds to a report of an active shooter. We have implemented our emergency protocols and will provide updates as available.”

A FOX6 News viewer named Anthony says a friend of his named Mike was at the hospital shortly after noon. He said there was crime scene tape on the seventh floor of the hospital — and he was apparently asked to leave the area.

The hospital is on lockdown.


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