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William A. Robertson

Officer William A. Robertson was shot and killed just 15 minutes into his shift, in the early hours of September 7, 1994, when a bullet was fired into the police van he was riding in at N. 24th Street and W. Brown Street in a random and unprovoked attack. Officer Robertson had graduated from the Police Academy only six months prior and was still in field training when he was struck by gunfire while on patrol. Robertson was sitting in the […] Read More

Michael A. Niehoff

Rushing to another police officer’s call for assistance, Officer Michael Niehoff was killed when the squad car he was riding in collided with another squad car at the intersection of N. Sherman Boulevard and W. Burleigh Street around 4 a.m. on November 30, 1994.  Two other officers were injured in the crash. Read More

Wendolyn Tanner

On Saturday, September 7, 1996, Officer Wendolyn Tanner was shot and killed during a foot chase of a known felon and parole violator that he and his partner were attempting to arrest. Officer Tanner and his partner observed a suspect wanted on a warrant in the area of N. 20th Street and W. Hampton Avenue. As they approached the suspect, he fled on foot. During the chase, the suspect fired several shots at the officers. One bullet struck Officer Tanner […] Read More

Charles G. Irvine Jr.

Police Officer Charles G. Irvine Jr. died on June 7, 2018 as a result of a crash of his squad car on Milwaukee’s Northwest Side.  Officer Irvine and his partner were involved in the pursuit of a reckless vehicle at which time the squad crashed near N. 76th Street and W. Silver Spring Drive.  The officers were transported to Froedtert Hospital with serious injuries. Officer Irvine died as a result of his injuries despite the heroic, lifesaving measures of the […] Read More

Michael Michalski

The Milwaukee Police Department expresses sympathy to the family of Police Officer Michael Michalski, who passed away on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at the age of 52. Officer Michalski lost his life that evening as he was attempting to locate and arrest an armed felon. Read More

Matthew Rittner

On Wednesday, February 6th, 2019, at about 9:17 a.m., the Milwaukee Police Department’s Tactical Enforcement Unit responded to the 2900 block of South 12th Street to conduct a search warrant. The target of the search warrant was wanted for the illegal sale of firearms and drugs. While conducting the search warrant, officers announced themselves as police at which time the suspect fired several rounds. Officer Matthew Rittner was struck by gunfire and transported to Froedtert Hospital, where he unfortunately succumbed […] Read More