Police in Waukesha, Wisconsin, shot and killed a man armed with a handgun in the parking lot of ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital near the emergency room, where they say it appeared he had initially gone for “treatment.” They say that he pointed the weapon at officers.
After shooting the man, officers brought him into the emergency room, but it was too late, and he died at the scene.
The police shooting unfolded in the early morning hours of April 15, 2020. Police did not say what type of treatment the man was seeking. Heavy has asked the police public information officer whether the man was trying to go to the ER for COVID-19 treatment or something else. “People have asked if this is COVID-19 related and this is not,” Waukesha police Capt. Dan Baumann told Heavy. “Given our current environment there will be some delays in getting information out in the public domain as the health and well-being of all is paramount.” He added that “information is still being investigated.”
Waukesha, Wisconsin, is a suburban city located a few miles from Milwaukee.
Police said that they initially responded on Wednesday, April 15, at approximately 1:30 a.m. to Waukesha Memorial Hospital, 725 American Ave., “for a report of a man with a gun in the parking lot.”
Here’s what you need to know:
Police Say the Suspect Pointed a Gun at Officers Near the Entrance to the Emergency Room
The Waukesha police press release describes a tense confrontation outside the emergency room between responding officers and the unidentified man.
“Officers located a suspect armed with a handgun near the entrance to the Emergency Room. Hospital security began to initiate their lockdown protocols as officers made contact,” the release said. It continued:
Officers attempted to de-escalate the situation by engaging in dialogue with the suspect. The initial information that officers had was that the suspect was at the Emergency Room for treatment. Additional law enforcement agencies responded to assist.
The officers utilized crisis intervention techniques and repeatedly asked the suspect to drop the gun, but he continued to ignore their requests. During the dialogue, the suspect’s behavior changed, and he suddenly pointed the gun at officers. Based on this imminent threat officers were forced to discharge their firearms striking the suspect. Officers immediately provided medical attention to the suspect by bringing the suspect into the Emergency Room.
Police say a firearm was recovered on scene. “The involved officers’ experience ranges from three to twelve years on the Police Department. No officers or other personnel were injured during this incident,” the release added. Police have not released the officers’ names, either. The release continued:
The suspect is deceased. We are not looking for any other persons of interest. The Milwaukee Area Investigative Team, with the City of Wauwatosa Police Department as the Lead Agency, is conducting the investigation. In order to maintain the integrity of the investigation and respect the judicial process, we will not be responding to any questions at this time. More details will be released as the investigation moves forward.
Initial information shows that the officers acted within state statutes and department policy, and fulfilled the Mission of the Waukesha Police Department, ‘A Pledge to Serve with Integrity, Honor and Courage.’