MILWAUKEE-- A Milwaukee police officer severely beaten by a suspect while on patrol has been released from the hospital. The beating happened after two officers from MPD's Neighborhood Task Force stopped two suspects who were acting suspiciously around 2:30 p.m. near 28th & Auer.
During an evening news conference, Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn describes what happened to 43-year-old MPD officer Dwain Monteilh Monday afternoon. "This was a very violent struggle," said Chief Flynn.
"He was taken to the ground and engaged in a struggle with that subject who attempted to take the officer's service weapon from his holster," Chief Flynn said. "In the course of this struggle as the officer put both his hands on his own weapon to prevent it from being pulled out of the holster, the suspect struck and kicked officer Monteilh in the head."
The 15-year veteran suffered a broken right orbital bone. He also has bleeding behind his eye. "He's conscious. He seems in good spirits. His wife is with him and he's certainly getting top-notch medical care," said Chief Flynn.
He and his partner were trying to interview Tory Johnson and his cousin Keandre Johnson. They thought the two were acting suspiciously near 2815 W. Auer. The pair tried to flee which led to the scuffle. Backup was called and helped take both suspects in custody.
Chief Flynn told reporters the officers were simply doing their jobs in one of the department's crime hotspots. "This incident demonstrates very clearly the risks our officers are undertaking every single day as we labor to confront the spike in violence we have undeniably experienced these last two months," said Chief Flynn.
"We're going to continue to focus on that area," says Chief Flynn. "As you well know, that area of 28th Street around Auer and Burleigh have consistently been high crime areas. Those are areas that require our continued focus and attention and they will receive it."
Police said that Tory Johnson has a lengthy arrest record with MPD, including carrying a concealed weapon, battery and domestic violence.
Chief Flynn says they'll recommend multiple charges against both suspects.