Car chase followed by a deadly confrontation near Water St. Friday night with 47-year-old suspect

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A car chase for a suspect being sought by police in a homicide investigation, which started just before 11:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2 near 22nd St. and National Ave., ended with a suspect fatally shot near Juneau Ave. and Edison St. in Downtown Milwaukee.

MPD has confirmed the man killed last night was wanted murder suspect 47-year old Earnest Terrell Blakney. Police say he died from his injuries.

It happened just before when police located a vehicle wanted in connection to a homicide near 22nd and National.

The vehicle took off after police attempted a traffic stop. A chase began and ended near 100 E. Juneau Ave. in downtown, after the vehicle became disabled.

Police say the suspect exited the vehicle.

A 22-year-old bystander from Hudson was also shot. She was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. As of this report, it's not certain whether she was hit by gun fire from police or the suspect.

"It is unknown who's gunfire struck the innocent bystander, the officers involved will be placed on administrative duty as routine in officer involved critical incidents," said MPD Asst. Chief Nicole Waldner, who went on to say it wasn't a busy night, "we were lucky."

A total of eight officers were involved in the chase and gunfight.

Eight officers were involved:
• A 47-year-old male officer with over 4 years of service.
• Two 33-year-old male officers with over 3 years of service.
• A 31-year-old male officer with over 12 years of service.
• A 30-year-old male officer with over 5 years of service.
• A 26-year-old male officer with over 4 years of service.
• A 23-year-old male officer with over 5 years of service.
• A 22-year-old male officer with over 4 years of service.

People downtown Saturday said they're horrified. Blakney, who was awaiting sentencing on a child rape conviction and was wanted as a suspect for killing his girlfriend, was still out on the street.

"For them to let him out over that, I thought it was wrong," said Osiris Smith, "I think people who choose to do that to kids and choose to do evil should be locked up forever."

"If somebody causes death, harm or destruction in Milwaukee, there's gotta be a price to pay," agreed Mayor Cavalier Johnson.

He said more needs to be done to keep those who have done violent things already from bailing out of jail.

"After being released he went out and committed some heinous crimes, that ultimately culminated in what happened on the streets of our city," said Mayor Johnson.

For the most part, people seem to think the police did the right thing.

"I think the cops acted honorably," said Smith.

Eight officers were involved in the chase and shooting. The Oak Creek Police department will be leading the investigation.

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