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Suspect dead in dumpster after gun battle with police in West Allis

A suspect is dead after initially firing at a West Allis Police officer during a traffic stop near 61st and Burnham in West Allis.

The situation started at around 1:10 AM Saturday, May 13 when a West Allis Police officer was called to the 7200 block of W. Greenfield Avenue for a report of an armed robbery. Five minutes later police spotted the suspect's vehicle and performed a traffic stop.

During the traffic stop, a passenger exited the car and shot at the officer. The passenger then fled on foot and the driver drove off. The officer was not injured and did not discharge his firearm during the traffic stop.

A perimeter was established in the area and a search for the suspect was conducted. Officers from West Allis and New Berlin found the suspect hiding in a dumpster and began exchanging gunfire with the suspect.

The male suspect was then found in the dumpster and declared dead. No police officers were injured as a result of the fire fight.

The Milwaukee County Investigative Team (MCI Team) will investigate this incident comprised of numerous police agencies from Milwaukee County led by the Oak Creek Police Department.

Investigators urge any eye witnesses or witnesses that may have heard something to contact them at the City of Oak Creek Police Department.

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