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Police shoot, kill suspect hiding in dumpster

Posted at 9:59 PM, May 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-15 21:59:26-04

WEST ALLIS, WI (WISN/CNN) - Police in Wisconsin shot a man to death in a dumpster leaving a trail of bullet holes. Now investigators are trying to get to the bottom of this weekend's fatal police shooting in West Allis.

Police say the man opened fire first during a traffic stop. Many questions surround the fatal shooting of an armed robbery suspect early Saturday morning near 62nd and Burnham in West Allis.

A Milwaukee County investigative team met at the Oak Creek Police Department on Monday to examine the evidence.

West Allis Police say minutes after the armed robbery of the George Webb on Greenfield about 1:10 a.m. Saturday, their officers pulled over the suspect's car. The passenger popped out and opened fire on police and ran off. The driver sped away.

Police surrounded the area where the passenger ran, calling in New Berlin Police for assistance, and found the man hiding in a dumpster behind a dental office. 

"During an encounter,” officials said, West Allis and New Berlin officers opened fire, killing the man while he was still in the dumpster. At least one of the bullets fired by police traveled past the dumpster and across a parking lot lodging in the wall of a garage. Investigators cut away part of the siding and put an evidence marker to document the mark.

Police aren't saying yet whether that suspect was still armed. They are not releasing his name or age until they've notified his family.  

West Allis Police are not part of the shooting investigation but are following up on the armed robbery. They say so far that the driver of the getaway car remains at large.

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