Pregnant teen loses baby, another teen shot by police inside vehicle

A pregnant 18-year-old woman suffered “life-threatening injuries” and lost her baby after Wisconsin police shot her during a carjacking chase.

On Thursday, June 20, Milwaukee Police Department officers “attempted to conduct a criminal stop” around 2:23 p.m. local time at N. 17th Street and W. Vliet Street – in connection with what the department shared on Facebook. armed robberies, carjackings.”

During the pursuit, which took place on Interstate 43, the vehicle was “blocked by construction and a cement truck” in a construction lane. The officers ordered the suspects to get out, but the driver “reversed and struck a marked police car.”

“The suspect driver drove forward and then reversed. A police officer was behind the vehicle. At that point, another officer fired his firearm into the vehicle, subsequently striking two suspects. A total of six suspects were in the vehicle,” the statement said. Remarks.

A 17-year-old boy was also “seriously injured,” police note, and the two injured suspects were “transported to local hospitals for treatment of their injuries.” The other suspects were aged 15 to 18 and were treated for minor injuries.

Milwaukee police said the 25-year-old officer “involved” has four years on the force and will be placed on “administrative duty,” which is “routine in an officer-involved shooting.”

A firearm was recovered from the vehicle, which was determined to be stolen, according to the department's Facebook statement. According to Milwaukee Journal SentinelCiting a news conference by Police Chief Jeffrey Norman, it was unclear whether the suspects fired any shots Thursday afternoon.

A local woman told ABC affiliate WISN at the scene that she “definitely heard gunshots” although she did not know “who fired first.” “It was just a lot at once,” she added.

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Norman noted that the two carjacking victims were “OK” – those that took place before the chase in the 500 block of N. Broadway and the 500 block of N. Jefferson Street.

“We have several young people involved in unacceptable behavior in this city. It's unacceptable,” Norman said, according to the Sentinel Journal. “Parents, what is going on with your children? Members of our community, how do we help keep our children in positive behaviors, rather than what we see today?

“This should never have happened. (…) There are no winners in this particular situation,” he continued. “So I'm asking the community to take our children and welcome them in a positive way to model positive behaviors and not these unacceptable behaviors that we saw today.”

The department also said “criminal charges will be filed” with the Milwaukee County Prosecutor's Office and that the incident is under investigation by the Milwaukee Area Investigation Team, with the West Allis Police Department directing law enforcement in the “ongoing investigation.”

The prosecutor's office did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for more information on Friday.

Citing police data, NBC News noted that carjackings in the city increased 16% between 2022 and 2023 – from 398 to 463.

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