Fires, Gunshots On Milwaukee's North Side, Follow Police Shooting Earlier Saturday

Aug 13, 2016

Pockets of protesters set several buildings on fire on Milwaukee's north side, including a BP gas station near Sherman and Burleigh. For a time fire fighters could not reach it because gunshots were being fired. 

The MPD reports making at least three arrests.

The rioting began after an officer fatally shot a man in his 20s. According to the MPD, two officers stopped two suspects in a car near 44th and Auer, and both fled. The officers pursued the suspects and during the chase, one officer shot the suspect, who was armed with a stolen semiautomatic handgun.

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A crowd began building in the area after learning of the shooting and refused to disperse as police asked. Rocks were thrown and shots fired.

One officer was hospitalized after someone smashed a squad car with a brick. Other buildings set on fire included a beauty supply store, an auto parts store and a BMO Harris Bank building, most along Burleigh.

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