July 2016 – MILWAUKEE, WI – A domestic violence suspect opened fire on a Milwaukee police officer who was sitting in his squad car early Sunday, seriously wounding him before fleeing and apparently killing himself shortly afterward, authorities said. The shooting, coming the same day that three police officers were killed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, prompted the Milwaukee Police Department to send all officers out in two-person squad teams, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
All seven police districts were told to use two-person squads “effective immediately and until further notice,” Assistant Milwaukee Police Chief William Jessup said at an afternoon news conference. The suspect, a 20-year-old man from the suburb of West Allis, had two felonies on his arrest record, said police spokesman Sgt. Tim Gauerke, who did not disclose the man’s name. The 31-year-old officer, identified by authorities as Brandon Baranowski, was taken to a hospital with serious wounds that weren’t considered life-threatening, he said.
Jessup called Baranowski “a very dedicated and hardworking employee” who was “doing his best to provide safety to a woman and child in the middle of a domestic violence situation.” Baranowski, a 13-year police veteran, was wearing body armor that protected him from the chest shots, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said. The officer will “most likely” have surgery in the next day or two, Barrett said. “This is just another example of the risks our officers take each and every day to protect these citizens,” Jessup said earlier.
Officers responded to several calls in the 3500 block of South 17th Street early Sunday, including two domestic violence-related calls in which the suspect was no longer there when the officers arrived, Gauerke said. The officer was sitting in his squad car conducting the investigation at about 2 a.m. when a suspect approached on foot and fired at the officer, striking him several times, Gauerke said. About a half-hour later, officers heard a nearby gunshot and found a man who had apparently shot himself in the head, killing himself. –CBS Local
Confronting another killing of police officers, President Barack Obama on Sunday urged Americans to tamp down inflammatory words and actions as a violent summer collides with the nation’s heated presidential campaign. Obama said the motive behind Sunday’s killing of three officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was still unknown. It was the latest in a string of deadly incidents involving law enforcement, including the police shooting of a black man in Baton Rouge and the killing of five officers in Dallas. “We as a nation have to be loud and clear that nothing justifies attacks on law enforcement,” Obama said in remarks from the White House briefing room. –AP
Just speaking last week from Poland, President Obama said he didn’t think America was that divided. In a CNN excerpt we read: “Frankly acknowledging a “tough week” in the United States after anxious days of shootings and racial tensions, President Barack Obama said on Saturday July 9th, that he did not believe the United States was “as divided as some have suggested.”
“There is sorrow, there is anger, there is confusion about next steps,” Obama said during a news conference in Poland. “But there’s unity in recognizing that this is not how we want our communities to operate. This is not who we want to be as Americans.” –CNN
Heartfelt plea: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux made a brief comment about gun control as he talked about the horrific killing of police officers in Baton Rouge earlier today. He said that the entire law enforcement community is grieving as a family today and “with God’s help we will get through this.”
“To me,” Gautreaux said, “this is not so much about gun control as it is about what’s in men’s hearts. And until we come together as a nation, as a people, to heal as a people, if we don’t do that and this madness continues, we will surely perish as a people.” –Mediaite
Donald Trump remarked on Facebook: “President Obama just had a news conference, but he doesn’t have a clue. Our country is a divided crime scene, and it will only get worse! Our country is totally divided and our enemies are watching. We are not looking good; we are not looking smart, we are not looking tough! We are TRYING to fight ISIS, and now our own people are killing our police. Our country is divided and out of control. The world is watching. We grieve for the officers killed in Baton Rouge today. How many law enforcement and people have to die because of a lack of leadership in our country? We demand law and order.” – Donald Trump, Facebook
Hillary Clinton issued a statement on the Baton Rouge shooting: “Today’s devastating assault on police officers in Baton Rouge is an assault on all of us,” Clinton said in a statement nearly seven hours after the attacks were reported. The shooting occurred around 9:40 AM EDT and Clinton’s campaign posted the statement at 5:05 PM EDT, moments after President Barack Obama took the podium at the White House to share his own response to the attacks. In the hours after her Republican rival Donald Trump posted a response to the news, Clinton became the butt of jokes about needing to “focus group” her response. –Breitbart