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Milwaukee area police involved in 2 officer shootings

WAUWATOSA, Wis. (AP) — Police in the Milwaukee area have been involved in two separate officer-involved shootings in less than 24 hours, law enforcement agencies said on Tuesday.

The latest shooting happened about 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday in Wauwatosa, when officers tried to stop a car they believed had been stolen in Milwaukee. Police said that, following a chase, the driver jumped out of the car and began firing, striking a squad car with two rounds.

Officers returned fire, hitting the 23-year-old shooter, who was treated at a hospital and taken to jail, according to police. One of the three passengers, a 19-year-old woman, was also shot and treated at a hospital. No officers were struck. Investigators say a handgun was recovered at the scene.

The second shooting happened on Monday about 7 p.m. in Waukesha, when an officer tried to stop a reckless driver who had possibly been involved in an armed robbery. The suspect abandoned the vehicle and fled, police said. One of two officers chasing the man on foot thought he was reaching for a weapon and shot the suspect in the leg, according to police.

The 55-year-old man was taken to Waukesha Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

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