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Officer recovering after shot accidentally by colleague

July 15, 2020 GMT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee police officer is recovering from a gunshot wound accidentally inflicted by another officer while they struggled with a suspect who was resisting arrest.

The 33-year-old officer was taken to the hospital after the shooting about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The incident began when police tried stopping a vehicle suspected in a shooting, but the driver sped away and fled on foot after the car broke down on the city’s north side.

A short time later, officers located the suspect who resisted arrest as he was being placed in a police squad car. During the struggle, a shot was discharged from the gun of one of the officers and struck the other officer.

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The suspect is a 24-year-old Milwaukee man who is in custody. Police said a gun was recovered.

The case is being referred to the district attorney’s office for criminal charges.

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