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Bail for man shot by police at Children's Hospital set at $25,000

WAUWATOSA -- The 22-year-old Milwaukee man charged after being shot by police at Children's Hospital appeared in court. Police attempted to arrest Ashanti Hendricks, because he had an outstanding bench warrant.


Hendricks pleaded not guilty to charges related to gun possession, obstructing an officer and resisting arrest. A Milwaukee County judge set Hendricks' bail at $25,000.


According to the criminal complaint, Milwaukee police received a call alerting them to the location of 22-year-old Ashanti Hendricks. Hendricks had a warrant out for his arrest for failing to appear in court. 


The complaint says Milwaukee police officers were dispatched to Children's Hospital to check for a wanted suspect. Officers Acosta and Thompson found Hendricks inside a hospital room holding a baby. Officer Acosta reported that he ordered Hendricks to put the baby inside a car seat on a futon in the room.


Hendricks tried to run out of the room, but Officers Acosta and Thompson both held him in the doorway.The complaint says they Officer Acosta lost control over his left arm and felt pain. According to Acosta this is what allowed Hendricks to escape the room, and run into a common hallway.


In the criminal complaint, Acosta says he and Thompson ordered Hendricks to drop his gun while pursuing him. Acosta told detectives Hendricks ran into a dead-end hallway, and began running at the officers that were chasing him. Officer Acosta allegedly fired only two shots and injured Hendricks. Hendricks was hit in the arm, and continued running.


The criminal complaint states Hendricks eventually dropped his gun, and began to comply with officers' commands to get on the ground. Between this point and his handcuffing Hendricks attempted escape a couple times.


The Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office has charged Hendricks with two counts of bail jumping, possession of firearm by a felon, and obstructing/resisting an officer.


If convicted of all four charges, Hendricks could serve up to 22 years and nine months in prison. He is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on November 25th.


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