Officials: UW-Milwaukee police shot, wounded person with weapon after altercation

Published: Mar. 19, 2019 at 7:53 AM CDT
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University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) police shot and wounded an individual on Tuesday morning near the loading dock by the Fine Arts Building.

UWM Police Chief Joe LeMire made a brief statement on the matter. He indicated that around 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, officers responded to the fine arts complex for a report of a male subject sleeping inside the building. Two officers responded to the scene -- and a physical altercation took place between the officers and the individual. During this altercation, officers discovered the individual had a weapon. Police shot the individual -- and immediately began to administer first aid. The individual was taken to the hospital and is listed in stable condition.

Both of the officers were also transported to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Chief LeMire said a campus safety alert about the shooting was sent out at 7:09 a.m. -- and a "clear" message was sent at 7:22 a.m. He emphasized that no UWM students or employees were involved in this incident.

The investigation into this officer-involved shooting has been handed over to the Oak Creek Police Department. Anyone who witnessed what happened on Tuesday morning is urged to contact Oak Creek police at 414-766-7631.

School operations are normal. However, this is spring break, and no classes are in session.

The Peck School's Fine Arts Complex includes the Art Building, the Theatre Building, the Music Building and the Arts Center Lecture Hall. The Fine Arts Complex and the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts were closed briefly for the police investigation. They have since reopened.