Two Tosa officers wounded during shots fired incident

By: - November 9, 2021 5:34 am
A Wauwatosa police squad. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

A Wauwatosa police squad. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Two Wauwatosa police officers were wounded in the line of duty after responding to a shots-fired call at the Radisson Hotel in Wauwatosa Saturday evening. Officers who responded to the hotel on Mayfair Road were directed to the second floor. A statement by the department says that as officers checked rooms for injuries and witnesses, a shot was fired through a door at the officers.

The shot was made with a handgun, police say, and injured three officers. Officers then returned fire, before moving to a safer position. The person who fired was eventually taken into custody in the hallway outside of the room. One of the wounded officers is a 32-year-old sergeant with 11 years of service, and sustained two gunshot wounds, one to the hand and another to the thigh. A 31-year-old sergeant with eight years experience sustained a grazing wound on the foot, and a 32-year-old officer with seven years experience sustained two gunshot wounds, one to the thigh and one to the knee.

All three were treated at local hospitals and were released on Sunday, and are recovering. The person who fired was allegedly 33-year-old Kenneth Burney, a resident of Milwaukee and the lone actor. Burney was not injured, and was referred to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office for charges. Two handguns were recovered from the room.

The Milwaukee County Investigative Team is investigating the incident, with the Milwaukee Police Department as the lead investigating agency. Wauwatosa PD is the lead agency on the initial report of the shots fired; 17 agencies responded to the incident to assist, and an investigation is ongoing.


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Isiah Holmes
Isiah Holmes

Isiah Holmes is a journalist and videographer, and a lifelong resident of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Holmes' video work dates back to his high school days at Wauwatosa East High, when he made a documentary about the local police department. Since then, his writing has been featured in Urban Milwaukee, Isthmus, Milwaukee Stories, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Services, Pontiac Tribune, the Progressive Magazine, Al Jazeera, and other outlets. He was also featured in the 2018 documentary The Chase Key, and was the recipient of the Sierra Club Great Waters Group 2021 Environmental Hero of the Year award. The Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council also awarded Holmes its 2021-2022 Media Openness Award for using the open records laws for investigative journalism. Holmes was also a finalist in the 2021 Milwaukee Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards alongside the rest of the Wisconsin Examiner's staff. The Silver, or second place, award for Best Online Coverage of News was awarded to Holmes and his colleague Henry Redman for an investigative series into how police responded to the civil unrest and protests in Kenosha during 2020. Holmes was also awarded the Press Club's Silver (second-place) award for Public Service Journalism for articles focusing on police surveillance in Wisconsin.