(JSOnline) A standoff between police and an angry crowd turned violent Saturday night in the hours after a Milwaukee police officer shot and killed an armed suspect during a foot chase on the city’s north side.
More than 100 people gathered near the scene at N. 44th St. and W. Auer Ave. and at times pushed against a line of 20 to 30 officers, some of whom were in riot gear.
At one point, the officers got in their cars to leave and some in the crowd started smashing the windows and side of a squad car. Another vehicle was set on fire. As officers returned to the scene, this time many more in riot gear, as many as seven could be heard about 8:45 to 9 p.m.
BREAKING: Officer involved shooting in #Milwaukee has caused rioting. Gas station has been lit on fire. Shots have been fired at police.
— Alison Arkin (@Cronikeys) August 14, 2016
The shots appeared to be fired in the air by someone in the crowd.
Soon thereafter, the crowd turned on and chased reporters and a photographer from the Journal Sentinel. One reporter was shoved to the ground and punched.
The violence erupted not long after a woman who identified herself as family member of the dead man implored the people to leave the scene.
— (((Dan Webster))) (@Webster69Dw) August 14, 2016
“We don’t want anyone else to go to jail or get hurt,” she told the crowd.
Some left but many stayed as tensions built.
Our reporters were chased, one was thrown to the ground and beaten, but they’re all out and safe. Our coverage: https://t.co/B4NoNhYeRp
— Journal Sentinel (@journalsentinel) August 14, 2016
The shooting occurred Saturday afternoon.
City police officials said two officers stopped two suspects in a car about 3:30 p.m. The suspects then took off on foot. During the pursuit, a six-year veteran of the department shot and killed a 23-year-old Milwaukee resident, who was carrying a semiautomatic handgun, police said.
The officer was not hurt.
Shortly after the shooting, Milwaukee Police Assistant Chief Bill Jessup said at the scene that it wasn’t immediately clear whether the suspect pointed the gun or shot at the officer.
Link to live stream of events taking place: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ex414