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2 Wisconsin Officers Shot And Wounded; Suspect In Custody, Also Wanted In North Dakota

Waukesha County Sheriff
Suspect Nathanael Benton is considered armed and dangerous.

Updated Saturday at 11:06 a.m. CT

A man sought in a shooting that wounded two Wisconsin police officers at a traffic stop in the Delafield area has been arrested. The suspect, identified by the Fargo Police Department as 23-year-old Nathanael Benton, is also wanted in North Dakota for attempted murder.

Two others were also arrested, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The two Wisconsin officers were shot and wounded after confronting the hit-and-run suspect, police said. Both officers are expected to survive.

Delafield Police Chief Erik Kehl said one of his officers and another from nearby Hartland confronted a man suspected in the hit-and-run crash outside a Holiday Inn Express at Interstate 94 and Highway 83 in Waukesha County, about 27 miles west of Milwaukee.

"They heard a crash, they got dispatched to a hit-and-run," Kehl said. "They located the suspect vehicle at the Holiday Inn Express, they confronted the people that were getting out of the car and one of the subjects in the car produced a handgun and started shooting."

Shots were exchanged and the two officers were hit, Kehl said. He said the suspect opened fire before the Delafield officer did.

The officers' wounds are not believed to be life-threatening, the chief said. Kehl told WUWM the Delafield officer who was shot is out of trauma and wasn't sure about the status of the Hartland officer who was injured.

Kehl urged residents in the area to stay home while the suspect in the shooting was still at large. Pewaukee School District closed schools Friday out of caution.

The freeway was closed in both directions between County Highway C and County Highway SS. It is now open.

Fargo police, in a Facebook post, said they were notified Friday morning that the shooting in Delafield involved 23-year-old Nathanael Benton, a man wanted in their city for attempted murder.

According to Fargo police, a man called police about 2:30 a.m. Sunday and said he thought he had been shot. He said he had taken a rideshare to Moorhead, Minn., and then experienced head pain. He returned to Fargo and called police. He was taken to the hospital, where medical personnel found bullet fragments in his head, police said.

Editor's note: We will continue to update this developing story.