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A Milwaukee police officer shot a man who turned and pointed a weapon at officers while they chased him Wednesday afternoon, Police Chief Edward Flynn said.
The man, 20, was in critical condition, department spokeswoman Anne E. Schwartz said in an e-mail. His identity wasnot released.
According to Flynn, the incident began about 2:20 p.m. near N. 34th and W. Wright streets when two uniformed police officers saw the man engaged in a drug deal. The officers ordered the man to stop, but he ran.
Two other uniformed officers came to the area and confronted the man near N. 36th and W. Clarke streets. One of the officers shot the man.
A semi-automatic handgun and ammunition were found at the scene, Flynn said.
Police have arrested the man in the past on suspicion of armed robbery, recklessly endangering safety, pointing and aiming a weapon, domestic violence, drug offenses and probation violations, Flynn said.
None of the officers involved was injured, he said.
The District 3 officer who shot the man is 37 and has been on the force for 13 years, Flynn said.
The officer was placed on administrative duty pending investigations by police and the district attorney’s office.
Flynn said it appeared officers acted in defense against a threat on their lives.
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