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Man carrying weapon at UW-Milwaukee shot by campus police officer

A man was shot after police discovered him sleeping at the UW-Milwaukee Fine Arts complex.

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A UW-Milwaukee police officer shot a man on campus near the Peck School’s Fine Arts complex Tuesday morning. 

Officers were notified of a man sleeping in the building. He carried a gun, which an officer used to wound him during a physical altercation, according to UW-Milwaukee Police Chief Joe LeMire. 

He was soon taken to the hospital and is now in stable condition. The officers involved were also taken to the hospital with minor injuries, LeMire said. 

The man who was shot was not affiliated with the university. No students nor staff were hurt during the incident, the school said. 

Students and staff received an alert at 7 a.m. that read, “Shots fired by the fine arts loading dock. Shelter in place or avoid the area.” The school later tweeted a follow-up that said the assailant was no longer there, but asked that individuals stay away from the complex. 

Currently, UW-Milwaukee is on spring break and no classes are in session. However, the buildings and offices remain open. 

The investigation has been handed over to the Milwaukee Area Investigative Team, as is the standard procedure in officer-involved shootings. The Oak Creek Police Department will now be leading the investigation, LeMire said. 

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