Milwaukee PD officers shot and wounded a domestic violence suspect who allegedly drew and fired on police recently. Officer body cam footage captured the tense altercation that left 34-year-old Javon Lewis wounded and in custody.
The incident began when “officers responded to the area near 84th and Congress around 6 p.m. on June 8 for a domestic violence investigation. They spoke with a man and woman, and asked the man if he was involved. The … man claimed he was a neighbor and began walking away. He was ordered to stop, but began running — with an officer chasing him,” reported fox6now.com.
Milwaukee PD Responds
Body cam footage shows Lewis ignore officer command and begin running away. As he turns, the suspect draws a semi-automatic pistol from his pants. That’s when Milwaukee PD officers respond, drawing, firing and dropping the suspect.
According to police reports, the suspect managed to get off multiple shots. At least one bullet struck an officer in the holster. Another entered a nearby apartment building window. Meanwhile, police fired multiple shots, with at least one round striking the suspect in the shoulder, according to fox6now.com.
Lewis’ record includes a conviction for first degree reckless homicide in 2001. The then-15-year-old shot and killed a 38-year-old man; his sentence for that crime totaled five years in prison. Lewis now faces charges for attempted first degree intentional homicide, use of a dangerous weapon (two counts), possession of a firearm by a felon, strangulation and suffocation (use of a dangerous weapon), and misdemeanor battery, according to fox6now.com.
The suspect pleaded not guilty and faces jury trial beginning Sept. 30. Meanwhile, no officers suffered injury during the incident.