Man, 18, shot by Milwaukee officer was pointing replica gun

February 25, 2015

MILWAUKEE Milwaukee police say an 18-year-old man had pointed a replica gun at a police officer when the officer shot and wounded him last weekend.

Police said Tuesday the gun the man pointed at the officer was an Airsoft-style gun resembling an assault rifle.

Officers were dispatched about 1 p.m. Saturday after firefighters who responded to a call for medical help discovered an "ongoing violent encounter."

Police say the 18-year-old pointed a long gun at the officer, and the officer fired. The suspect was taken to a hospital, where he continues to be treated. No one else was hurt.

The officer was placed on administrative duty, which is normal protocol. The Wisconsin Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation is leading the investigation.



Associated Press