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Fatal officer involved shooting in Waukesha

Despite a 90 minute long negotiation, a man armed with a firearm and threatening to kill himself, was shot by Waukesha Police after he refused to obey officer’s commands.   The man died at the scene on Sunkist Avenue, west of N Grandview Boulevard on Waukesha’s northwest side.

Around 8 PM Sunday, a woman called the Waukesha Police Department and said the man was in the backyard armed with a handgun.  She said the man had been drinking and was threatening to kill himself.

Waukesha Police, Sheriff’s Department and New Berlin Police responded and found the man in the yard.  According to a news release, officers attempted to talk to the man for over an hour-and-a-half, but the man disobeyed officers’ commands and forced officers to fire at the suspect to prevent further danger to themselves and the community.

The officers immediately provided medical care and Flight-for-Life was called, but the man died at the scene.  No one else was injured in the incident.

The officers involved in the shooting have not been identified.  According to Waukesha Police, the officers involved have from 1 to 5 years of service.  Per department policy, the officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave during the initial investigation of the shooting.   The Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation has been called in assist.

The name of the subject has not been released pending notification of family members.

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