Two teens in stolen SUV shot by Milwaukee officer after chase; the fetus dies

A pregnant 18-year-old woman was shot and lost her fetus when a Milwaukee police officer fired into a stolen vehicle in connection with two carjackings that led police on a chase Thursday afternoon, the police said. city ​​police chief.

A 17-year-old was also shot and injured during the interstate incident.

During the chase, which began after police tried to stop him, the stolen SUV got stuck in a construction zone and struck a police vehicle before the officer fired, the police said. reporters Milwaukee Police Chief Jeffrey B. Norman.

The 18-year-old was in life-threatening condition at the hospital and her unborn baby did not survive, Norman said.

Police are investigating a chase along Interstate 43 in Milwaukee on Thursday.WTMJ

A 17-year-old man was in serious condition, Norman said. He described them as suspicious.

Six people were in the vehicle, Norman said, including the two who were shot.

A 15-year-old girl, a 17-year-old boy, a 16-year-old boy and another 18-year-old woman were also in the vehicle and were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, Norman said.

The police chase began around 2:20 p.m. and ended when the stolen vehicle entered a construction lane on Interstate 43 and was blocked by road work and a cement truck, Norman said. A Milwaukee police officer gave orders to stop and for the people inside to get out, he said.

“The suspect driver reversed and struck a marked police car. The suspect driver drove forward and then reversed. An officer was behind the vehicle at the time,” Norman said.

“At that point, another officer fired his firearm at the vehicle, striking two suspects,” he said.

The officer who fired has not been identified; Norman said he was a 25-year-old man with more than four years of service. He will be assigned to administrative duties, which Norman said is routine after a shooting.

West Allis police are leading the investigation, he said.

Norman said a gun was found in the stolen vehicle. He added that the role of those in the vehicle was also being investigated.

Norman said any body-worn video would be released “soon.”

All six people in the vehicle were arrested and charges were forwarded to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, police said. None of them have been publicly identified.

The shooting led to the complete closure of a section of the highway that runs north-south through Milwaukee and the region.

Milwaukee will host the Republican National Convention in about three weeks. Former President Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, recently came under fire after reports emerged that he called Milwaukee a “horrible city” during a meeting with House Republicans.

Carjackings have increased recently in Milwaukee, increasing 16% from 2022 to 2023, from 398 to 463, according to police data. They are up 12% from the start of last year to this year.

Norman said more needs to be done in Milwaukee to keep young people engaged in positive activities. He called Thursday’s situation “unacceptable” and said there was no reason for young people to have guns.

“Parents: what is going on with your children? People in our community, how do we help keep our children in positive behaviors, rather than what we see today? » said Norman.

“This should never have happened,” he said. “This is unacceptable, and everyone who hears this should be appalled and angry. »

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