Milwaukee man charged with shooting 3 officers at Wauwatosa hotel

MILWAUKEE COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A 33-year-old Milwaukee man has been charged with shooting three police officers at the Radisson Hotel in Wauwatosa. 

According to a criminal complaint, Wauwatosa police officers were called to the hotel on Mayfair Road late Nov. 6, for an "active shots fired" complaint. On the second floor, officers located numerous firearm casings as well as unspent cartridges in a hallway. Multiple bullet holes were also found in the walls and ceiling. 

Officials say a room to room search to check for injured victims began. The criminal complaint says body camera footage shows officers clearing at least five hotel rooms before arriving at room 221. 

According to the complaint, room 221 was occupied and officers could hear the television on. The officers "loudly knocked" on the door announcing themselves as police. 

Authorities said after no response, police attempted to force entry. As officers were "ramming" the door, multiple gunshots rang out from inside the hotel room. 

Three officers were shot. One officer suffered gunshot wounds to the back of his hand as well as his thigh. A second officer suffered wounds to his right thigh and left knee. A third officer suffered a gunshot wound to his left foot. 

Following the shooting, the complaint says the sole occupant of room 221 was taken into custody. He was identified as Kenneth Burney.

Inside the hotel room, police found two firearms, a Glock 9mm semi-automatic handgun as well as a Hi-Point 9mm semi-automatic handgun. Officials also recovered 116 pills which tested positive for the presence of MDMA. 

Burney has been charged with the following: 

  • Attempted first degree intentional homicide (three counts) 
  • First degree reckless injury 
  • Possession with intent to deliver controlled substance 
  • Possession of a firearm by a felon (two counts) 
  • Bail jumping (two counts) 
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