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Riots Follow Fatal Police Shooting In Milwaukee

A crowd of protesters skirmished with police Saturday night in the Milwaukee neighborhood where an officer shot and killed a man after a traffic stop and foot chase earlier in the day, setting fire to a police car and torching a gas station.

Riots broke out in the city's north side late Saturday night, in the same neighborhood a Milwaukee Police officer fatally shot a 23-year-old man earlier in the day.

Around 3:30 p.m., Milwaukee Police say two uniformed officers stopped two male occupants in a car, who proceeded to flee the scene on foot.

During the chase, a 24-year-old male officer shot and killed one of the men they describe as a "suspect," armed with a semiautomatic handgun. He died from the shooting injuries at the scene. The entire episode took place within the 3200 block of N. 44th Street.

It's unclear if the man shot by the officer had aimed or attempted to fire his weapon at the 24-year-old male officer who stopped him, said Milwaukee Police Assistant Chief Bill Jessup, adding that police have yet to interview the officer.

The second male suspect, also 23, has been taken into custody, Jessup said.

Authorities did not immediately release the race or identity of the man shot by police. Police report that the man has an arrest record, but did not say what led to the traffic stop.

Several hours after the deadly shooting, the angry crowds that turned out smashed windows, and torched a squad car and several businesses. Firefighters couldn't get close to squelch the blaze set to a gas station because of gunfire, according to MPD.

Police estimate that at least 200 people had gathered and gunshots were heard throughout the evening. One officer was injured by a thrown brick.

In a news conference just after midnight Sunday, Mayor Tom Barrett said the unrest seemed to be dissipating. At 12:20 a.m., police tweeted that they were restoring order to the area and were reducing deployments. He says city leaders are promising a full investigation into the shooting.

"Our police officers are doing everything they can to restore order," Mayor Barrett said, but implored the public to help restore calm.

Police acknowledged a recent notable uptick in violence in the city's north side.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, five people died in shooting-related homicides in the city, during a nine-hour stretch between Friday night and Saturday morning.

This is a breaking news story. As often happens in situations like these, some information reported early may turn out to be inaccurate. We'll move quickly to correct the record and we'll only point to the best information we have at the time.

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