Milwaukee police confirm an officer killed in crash
Milwaukee Police Department has a press conference after the death of an officer.
A Milwaukee police officer was killed Thursday, and a fellow officer was wounded when their team car crashed while chasing another vehicle, authorities said.
The death of Officer Charles Irvine Jr., 23, it was confirmed at an evening press conference by Milwaukee police Chief Alfonso Morales.
We mourn the loss of MPD Officer Charles Irvine of District Four. May he Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/bBhCLz8WX1
— Milwaukee Police (@MilwaukeePolice) On June 8, 2018
“This is a sad day for our community,” Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, said at the press conference, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
“The Irvine family is suffering, the entire Milwaukee Police Department is suffering. This underlines how difficult the job of a Milwaukee police officer. Officer Irvine gave his life for the people of this community. He served because he wanted it to be a better society.”
The 23-year-old officer dies in MPD squad crash near 76th and Silver Spring https://t.co/K74JuG4PD3 pic.twitter.com/saahrRFgm2
— FOX6 News (@fox6now) on June 8, 2018
Irvine was the city’s first police officer killed in the line of duty in 22 years, the newspaper reported.
The injured officer, age 36, with four years of service, was admitted to the hospital in stable condition, Morales said, but the chief did not identify him.
The officers’ patrol car was the only car involved in the crash, authorities said. It rolled off the road and became wedged near a viaduct, Milwaukee’s Fox 6 reported.
Milwaukee Police are investigating a single vehicle accident with a patrol car in the 76th and Silver Spring. Two agents are transported to the hospital.
— Milwaukee Police (@MilwaukeePolice) 7 June 2018
A suspect was arrested in connection with the crash, the Journal Sentinel reported, but no further information is immediately available.
The police tweeted earlier Thursday that they are “investigating a single vehicle accident with a patrol car in the 76th and Silver Spring.”
Irvine a member of the Milwaukee Police Department about four years ago for the first time served as a police aide before an officer, according to the police.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker tweeted about the death of Thursday night.
Our prayers are with the members of the Milwaukee Police Department after the death of one of their officers and with his family.
— Governor Walker (@GovWalker) June 8, 2018
“Our prayers are with the members of the Milwaukee Police Department after the death of one of their officers and with his family,” Walker wrote.
More information and pictures of the officers will be released Friday, Morales said at a Thursday evening press conference.