A Madison police officer was injured by gunshots during an attempted arrest early Sunday morning, according to the City of Madison Police Department.
It is the first incident in over 20 years that a MPD officer has been shot in the line of duty.
The attempted arrest took place in the 500 block of State Street, directly outside Mondays Bar, District 4 Ald. Michael Verveer confirmed. The Wisconsin Department of Justice notes that the suspect tried to run from the police, firing shots during the arrest at around 12:37 a.m.
Students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison received an emergency message, or WiscAlert, at 12:57 a.m. cautioning them to avoid the 500 block of State Street.
“That police officer was taken to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries,” a DOJ press release reads. “Another officer sustained minor injuries during the arrest.”
No additional incident-related injuries were reported.
Currently, the subject is in police custody. The subject was found “in possession of a handgun” when arrested, the DOJ said.
The ongoing investigation is led by the Division of Criminal Investigation. Both the Wisconsin State Patrol and Wisconsin Crime Lab are listed as assistants to the DCI in this critical incident investigation.
The MPDnoted that they will work in full cooperation with the investigation conducted by the DCI.