(CBS) — A Milwaukee police officer was shot and killed Wednesday and the suspected shooter is in custody, Police Chief Alfonso Morales said. The officer was a 17-year police veteran.
CBS affiliate WDJT reports the suspect was wanted by police for drug and gun charges, and fired at police. There was an exchange of gunfire with the suspect, WDJT reports.READ MORE: Court Documents Reveal Kevin Jiang, Yale Student From Chicago, Was Shot Multiple Times At Close Range
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett commended the officers who were there during the incident for going into a dangerous situation.READ MORE: Man Shot And Killed While Sitting In Vehicle In South Loop; Dog Apparently Wounded In Attack
This is the second Milwaukee officer death in the line of duty in nearly two months. Another officer was killed when the squad car he was in crashed during a pursuit in June.MORE NEWS: At Least 3 Killed, 21 Wounded In Weekend Shootings Across Chicago, Including Mass Shooting In Chatham
The death of the officer today is the first line of duty death involving a shooting since 1996 when Wendolyn Tanner died on Sept. 7, WDJT reports.