DA: Officer justified in UW-Milwaukee March shooting
According to a statement by UWM, the District Attorney’s Office issued a letter to the UWM Police Chief this week.
On March 19, two UWM Police officers responded to the Fine Arts Complex for a report of a man sleeping in the building around 6:48 a.m. Tuesday.
According to UWM, officers found the man awake and in possession of a machete, hatchet and other items. The man, identified as Irie Payne, then attempted to flee. An officer grabbed the man who reached into his pocket and pointed a loaded gun at the officers, UWM says.
An officer saw the gun and shot Payne. The fight continued and one of the officer’s suffered a concussion.
All three were later taken to a hospital.
Payne was charged with second degree recklessly endangering safety, resisting an officer causing substantial bodily harm to an officer, bail jumping and carrying a concealed weapon.