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3 Officers Shot During Attack At Wisconsin Hotel

Wauwatosa, WI – Three Wauwatosa police officers were shot while responding to reports of gunfire at the Radisson Hotel on Saturday night.

The attack occurred at the Radisson Hotel located at 2303 North Mayfair Road at approximately 10:33 p.m. on Nov. 6, the Wauwatosa Police Department (WPD) said in a press release.

Police responded to the scene and spoke with multiple guests and witnesses who told them the gunfire had come from the second floor of the hotel.

As the officers were responding to the floor where the gunshots originated, they came under fire, the WPD said.

The WPD initially reported that two officers were shot in the attack.

WPD Chief James MacGillis confirmed during a press conference Monday morning that there were actually three officers who were struck by gunfire.

Police were able to locate and apprehend the gunman after the shootings.

The alleged shooter has been identified as convicted felon Kenneth Burney, according to Wisconsin Right Now.

Burney was out on a $1,000 signature bond at the time of the attack after being charged with domestic abuse, disorderly conduct with use of a dangerous weapon as a habitual criminality repeater and felon in possession of a firearm as a habitual criminality repeater, Wisconsin Right Now reported.

Those charges were filed in March of 2020 and still remain pending, according to the news outlet.

The three wounded officers were rushed to a local hospital and have been listed in stable condition.

Their wounds are not life threatening, the WPD confirmed.

Among the victims is a 32-year-old sergeant with 11 years on the force who was shot in his thigh and hand, Chief MacGillis said.

A 32-year-old officer with seven years of service was shot in the knee and thigh.

A 31-year-old sergeant with eight years on the force suffered a graze wound to his foot.

“The officers’ training was evident and their courage under fire was second to none,” Chief MacGillis told reporters on Monday. “They were steadfast in their resolve to hold their positions, focused on the task at hand, and to lead above and beyond expectations.”

The Milwaukee Area Investigative Team (MAIT) was activated to help the WPD’s investigation into the incident and the Wisconsin Department of Justice Crime Scene Response Team also responded, WDJT reported.

Police conducted an “extensive search” of the hotel and did not locate anyone with injuries, according to the press release.

The investigation into the attack remains ongoing.

One hotel guest told WDJT he and his girlfriend were asleep in their room when they heard gunfire and an emergency alarm going off.

“We thought it was a fire alarm so we checked in the hallway to see if anybody was leaving but nobody was leaving,” the guest recounted. “Then we go down to the lobby. They said it’s a commotion going on. They didn’t tell us what was happening or what was going on, they just said stay in the room. We looked out the windows and police were surrounding the building and all types of stuff so I stayed in the room.”

Witnesses said police rammed open the doors to some of the rooms on the second floor, WDJT reported.

Bobby Griffin said he was working his shift at the Denny’s restaurant down the street from the hotel when the gunfire erupted.

“It was just like a big old Christmas tree with police lights everywhere,” Griffin told WDJT. “I hope they (the police) are alright. That’s just crazy, what is Milwaukee coming to?”

He said police ultimately came into the business to ask to use the restaurant parking lot as a staging area for the Incident Command Post vehicle.

Wauwatosa Mayor Dennis McBride released a statement Sunday praising the WPD for protecting the community, WDJT reported.

“I am grateful for the courage and dedication of the Wauwatosa police officers who were injured in the line of duty last night,” McBride said. “I know the entire community joins me in condemning this senseless violence and in wishing our officers a swift recovery.”

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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