Milwaukee, WI – The food delivery driver who was rescued from a carjacker on Thursday called the off-duty Milwaukee police detective who was shot multiple times after coming to her rescue “a hero” who didn’t care about his own safety.
The carjacking occurred at about 2 p.m. on Jan. 13 in the 200-block of East Buffalo Street in front of the Shake Shack in the Third Ward, according to a Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) press release.
The food delivery driver told WITI that she parked her vehicle on the street, with her three daughters in the backseat, while she ran in to pick up an order at Shake Shack.
She said she was walking toward the restaurant when she saw Shake Shack employees gesturing wildly at her and pointing.
“Their car pulled up next to mine,” the would-be carjacking victim told WITI. “He jumped out and jumped into mine.”
But the carjacker wasn’t expecting what he found in the backseat.
“My daughter said, ‘Who are you?’ to him, and he turned around and said, ‘Whoa’ and jumped out,” the delivery driver said.
She said she watched the would-be carjacker run away and realized that he had dropped his phone on the ground next to her car, WITI reported.
“I went and grabbed the phone and then went… told the restaurant to call 911,” she recalled. “‘Call them, please. I have his phone.'”
And that was when things went sideways, WITI reported.
“As I’m talking and saying I have his phone, he heard me, and he turned towards me and came rushing at me, wrapped his arms around me and like, tried to tackle me to the ground to get his phone back,” she said.
There was a 37-year-old off-duty Milwaukee police detective inside the Shake Shack who rushed to rescue the delivery driver, WITI reported.
“They were wrestling on the ground, and then you heard two shots, followed by more shots,” she described the terrifying scene.
“While that was happening, the restaurant employees were pulling me to the back, and I was trying to get to my kids,” she told WITI.
She said she saw the officer who had intervened to save her bleeding on the ground but he still didn’t seem to be worried about himself, just about the safety of the public and stopping the criminals.
“The whole time he was on the ground, he just was repeating the plate number and what he wanted them to write down, so he just didn’t care about himself at all,” she told WITI.
Milwaukee police in its press release said that the detective returned fire but there was no indication anyone had been hit.
Officers spotted the suspect vehicle later in the 2700-block of West State Street and attempted to stop the car, but the driver refused to stop and fled with police in pursuit.
Milwaukee police said the pursuit ended shortly thereafter and the suspects fled on foot.
Officers quickly apprehended a 17-year-old male suspect and an 18-year-old male suspect, FOX News reported.
The 18 year old was already out on bond facing charges in connection with a crime he allegedly committed in October of 2021.
The delivery driver called the police detective who rescued her a “hero” for rushing to help her, WITI reported.
The wounded detective remains in the hospital in stable condition recovering from multiple wounds.
Officials have not released the name of the wounded hero.
She said she was grateful that none of her daughters were hurt in the attempted carjacking and said she wasn’t working as a delivery driver in the city anymore because she didn’t feel safe, WITI reported.
“We’re just trying to get through, right now, the trauma,” the mother explained.
The Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office was expected to announce charges against the would-be cop killers this week, according to the police department’s press release.