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A 64-year-old man armed with a handgun reportedly failed to obey police commands and was shot at his northwest side home on Sunday, June 18, and later died.

The man exchanged gunfire with police officers, a daily log from the Waukesha Police Department reported.  

A news release from police says they were dispatched to a home at 2000 Sunkist Ave., where the man was reportedly suicidal and armed, shortly after 8 p.m.

The release states that a female caller reported the man "wanted to kill himself with a gun, that he was in the backyard, and that he had been drinking and was armed with a handgun."

Police found the gunman in his backyard with a cooler of beer. 

"Officers responded along with additional units from the Waukesha Sheriff's Department and the New Berlin Police Department as well as New Berlin’s K9 Unit," the release said. "The male was armed with a handgun and the officers attempted to establish a good rapport with the suspect for over an hour and a half."

A woman who was in the house was able to flee the building without incident, according to a separate statement listed in Waukesha's police reports released Monday. 

The gunman "engaged" with officers by a fence before walking to the front of the home, and officers believed he had a gun, according to the blotter. He tried kicking in a door and shots were fired at 9:42 p.m., the blotter says.   

Police say that because "he disobeyed officers’ commands," they were forced to fire at him "to prevent further imminent danger to themselves and the community."

After he was shot, the officers involved "rendered immediate medical attention and evacuated him to awaiting advanced medical care, and prior to Flight-for-Life transport, the suspect died," according to police reports.

No officers or civilians were injured by the suspect.

The experience of the involved officers ranges from 1 years to 5 years of service, according to the release. The involved officers have been placed on paid administrative leave during the initial investigation per policy.

The Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigations is conducting the investigation.

"Based on the preliminary information gathered at this point, I believe that the officers acted within departmental policy and statutory authority," Police Chief Russell P. Jack said in the release. "We will coordinate with DCI to release more information as the investigation continues."

 

 

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