A police officer shot and killed a man who was armed with an illegal assault weapon, and a Milwaukee police sergeant has been placed on administrative leave following a deadly shooting early Sunday morning.
Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn announced the actions Monday.
According to the Associated Press, a police officer responded to a call of shots fired at 8:46 a.m.
Sunday at a home on the 3000 block of South Madison Avenue in Milwaukee’s West Side.
Officers found an armed man and the man had a handgun.
The man’s firearm was taken away and no weapon was recovered.
According the AP, the officer was in the process of making an arrest when he heard gunfire.
He then saw the suspect with a handgun and a shotgun.
The officer shot the suspect, according to the AP.
The man who died was identified as Daunte Wright, 40, who lived at the home with his mother and grandmother.
Wright had been living with his grandmother and other family members, police said.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The gun used in the shooting was described as an assault weapon and has a serial number of 498, the AP reported.
It was unclear what prompted the shooting.
Flynn told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he believes the officer, who is a 14-year veteran, “was acting in good faith.”
Flynn said in a statement that the officer acted appropriately in using deadly force.
He said he was “deeply saddened by the loss of life” and that he and his department are cooperating with the Milwaukee Police Department.