Officer Shot in Line of Duty Recovering But Still Fighting Crime!

September 21st, 2012 by milwaukeepolice

Five burglars were taken into custody on Spetember 18 – and they’re repeat offenders for burglary and robbery. The story of their apprehension shows the dedication of the Milwaukee Police Department – both on- and off-duty members.

On September 18, 2012 at 1:24 p.m., District 7 Police Officer Melissa Takacs responded to an entry in the 4400 block of N. 82nd st. Officer Takacs discovered a broken kitchen window in the rear of a residence there. As she broadcast this information Police Officers Nicholas Federer and Joseph Zingsheim stopped three subjects at 83rd and Congress. Two of these subjects had latex gloves in their pockets. The three subjects who were arrested  have been stopped by District 7 personnel in the past and have been arrested for Burglary and Prowling.

While on scene in the 4400 block of N. 82nd St, at 2:16 p.m., Officer Takacs received a phone call from a police officer who was off-duty and recovering from a gunshot wound he received in the line of duty. That officer informed Officer Takacs of two suspicious males looking into a neighbor’s house in the area of 89th and Center. Officer Takacs broadcast the desription of the actors given to her by the off-duty officer.

District 7 Police Officers Daniel Vidmar and Matthew Dresen observed the two subjects matching the  description at 3:11 p.m. at 40th and Locust. Officer Dresen caught the first subject and Officer Frank Galloway caught the second subject at 40th and Locust. Property was recovered in the area of the foot chase. One suspect was arrested for robbery three months ago, but the case was a “no process.” The other suspect was out on a signature bond… yes,  for two counts of Burglary.

An off-duty, injured officer called one of the burglaries in to a burglary suppression squad. Officer Melissa Takacs put the description over the air right away and the bicycle officers apprehended the subjects and recovered property after a brief foot pursuit. Fantastic work by all of the officers, including our off duty officer who had been shot just five days earlier and was recovering at home. That’s dedication to the service and to the community.


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