Suicidal man shot and killed by Greenfield police

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Greenfield, Wis. -- Police shot and killed a suicidal man who officials say tried to stab officers Wednesday evening.

Greenfield Police Chief Bradley Wentlandt said this incident began around 4:15 p.m. That's when police got a call regarding a distressed man on a balcony at the Briarwick Apartment Homes at 9050 W. Waterford Square.

An officer trained in crisis intervention spoke with the man for an hour-and-a-half, and then officers decided to enter the apartment.

“He made several suicidal statements and provided a note. And our officers on the scene, after talking to him for some time and being unable to reach a resolution, believed that he was on his balcony and unarmed. A group of officers entered the apartment and when they tried to take him into custody, this individual produced a knife and attempted to stab our officers. One of our officers acted heroically. He discharged his weapon. The suspect was shot, and is deceased,” Chief Wentlandt said.

The officer who fired at the suspect is a two-year veteran of the Greenfield Police Department.

The Milwaukee Police Department is handling the investigation into this incident, and several other recent officer-involved shootings in neighboring jurisdictions.

This incident is the sixth officer-involved shooting to occur in southeastern Wisconsin in less than one month’s time. It's also the third to occur within a five-day period