An off-duty Milwaukee Police officer, so concerned about his co-worker who was struck on his police bicycle last night, came in the district station today to get a description and name of the bad guy. It paid off when the off-duty member spotted the suspect and called in other officers to make the arrest at 1:14 p.m. today.
Bicycle officers were on Greenfield Avenue on patrol last night when they noticed a suspicious vehicle that they had seen earlier in the evening. During the earlier stop, the officers had attempted to talk with the driver when he was double parked but the driver refused to interact in any way with the officers and he drove away.
When the officers saw the vehicle again at 10:35, this time parked at a curb, they approached cautiously. The driver looked directly at one officer who he saw in his front window and accelerated the vehicle, striking the officer, who was thrown across the hood of the vehicle and then to the ground. The officers were clearly visible as police, as the street in that area is well lit.
The 29-year old, six-year veteran of the department, is assigned to District 2. He sustained non-life threatening injuries and was treated and released from a local hospital. He continues to recover. After striking the officer, the vehicle fled the scene at a high rate of speed.
District 2 Police Officer Tommy Wilson, off duty today, got the suspect information from the district and spotted the 25-year-old this afternoon on the near South Side. Officer Wilson called his co-workers and uniformed officers got there to make the arrest. The suspect was wanted on a violation of probation for intimidation of a witness. He has an arrest record for drugs and operating an auto without owner’s consent.