WAUKESHA, Wis. (WISN) —The Waukesha Police Department says it’s investigating an early morning fatal officer-involved shooting near School Drive and Prairie Avenue.
Police say they were looking for a suspect in a forgery case around 12:30 a.m. Sunday while the suspect was on the phone with an officer, who was attempting to get the suspect to turn himself in.
Police say the suspect refused to respond to the police department and was threatening to slit his wrists.
Police say they found the suspect walking on School Drive and upon making contact, the suspect immediately pulled a knife and threatened the officer.
The officer tried to defuse the situation by creating distance and using verbal commands, but the suspect ignored all orders to comply.
Police say the officer was forced to shoot the suspect after the man charged at the officer. The officer shot the man four times in the chest area.
Two back-up officers arrived, and three other officers stabilized the suspect and rendered first aid. The suspect was transported to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Waukesha police say the suspect is a felony offender with an extensive criminal history, which included convictions for battery, burglary, theft, fraud, disorderly conduct and battery to a police officer.
Police say they are not releasing the suspect’s name nor the name of the officer who shot him, pending notification of family members. They say the involved officer has over five years of experience and has been placed on paid administrative leave.
The Milwaukee Area Investigative Team is leading the investigation in collaboration with the Waukesha County District Attorney’s Office.