August 13th, 2018 Officer Involved Shooting- Milwaukee, WI
A man who Milwaukee police say was armed with a gun when officers shot and killed him was not legally allowed to have a firearm, court records show.
The 48-year-old man drew a gun during a traffic stop on the city's near south side, Police Chief Alfonso Morales said Monday evening at a news conference shortly after the shooting.
The man was wanted on a warrant in a felony domestic abuse case and probation violations. He had fled from officers earlier in the day, Morales said.
The shooting involved uniformed officers, Morales said, meaning they likely were equipped with body cameras, but police officials have not said if the shooting was recorded on body camera footage or by a squad car dash camera.
The Police Department also has not said how many shots were fired and has not publicly identified the man who was killed or the two officers involved, other than to provide the officers' ages and years of service.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the department had declined to release further information surrounding the shooting.
The shooting is being investigated by the Milwaukee Area Investigative Team, in accordance with state law that requires outside investigators to lead probes of fatal police shootings.
The man who was shot and killed was identified as Mario A. Hobson, a source told the Journal Sentinel.
His daughter told WISN-TV that Hobson had a history of suicidal thoughts and mental health problems. She could not be reached for further comment Tuesday.
It's unclear if Hobson sought mental health treatment based on court records available Tuesday. The records show Hobson's attorneys in his prior court cases did not raise his mental health or competency during those proceedings.
Marion Hobson was fatally shot by police in a traffic stop on Monday. Police said Hobson pulled a gun during the traffic stop
A warrant was issued for Hobson's arrest on July 29 when he was charged with felony battery, according to online court records.
According to the criminal complaint, Hobson approached his ex-wife July 21 while she was walking with friends in the 2300 block of North King Drive. Hobson pulled up to her in his car and grabbed both of her arms. He punched her in the head twice and grabbed her by the neck, leaving scratch marks.
In June 2017, he was convicted of misdemeanor disorderly conduct with a domestic violence modifier.
According to the complaint, Hobson and his then-wife got into an argument while driving. She ran from the vehicle and he chased her. Hobson's wife was asking for help from a car passing by when Hobson pulled up, pointed a gun at the car and said, "You (expletive) better keep going."
When Hobson's wife heard tires squeal and saw Hobson's car driving toward her, she pulled out a gun and fired two shots at the vehicle, the complaint says.
Hobson was convicted in 2005 of felony possession of cocaine with intent to deliver, making it illegal for him to have a gun.
Since October 2013, Hope House has joined with other domestic violence programs around the state by implementing the Lantern Project. For our part in this statewide project, we added to the lamppost in front of Hope House a purple wreath. We will turn on the light for a week every time there is a death related to domestic violence in Wisconsin. We will post information online about the person(s) that was killed. If you drive by our building and see our lamppost on, please reflect on the deadly impact that domestic violence has on our communities
July 25th, 2018 Officer Michael J. Michalski- Age 52, Milwaukee, WI
A 30-year-old man was charged Monday with first-degree intentional homicide in the fatal shooting of Milwaukee Police Officer Michael J. Michalski.
Jonathan Copeland Jr. is accused of shooting Michalski once in the head as the officer climbed a rear staircase and Copeland emerged from a pile of clothing, according to a criminal complaint.
Michalski's body camera recording went black when he fell forward.
Investigators believe Copeland had run upstairs to escape officers with the Special Investigations Division who had come to arrest him on drug and domestic violence offenses Wednesday.
When he found the upper door locked, Copeland hid silently for more than 10 minutes in a pile of clothing on a landing until Michalski closed in.
Copeland is also charged with two counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide for shooting at Officer Travis Jung and Detective Jason Rodriguez.
After shooting Michalski, Copeland fired out a window at officers outside, the complaint states. One returned fire, caused Copeland to withdraw from the window. Copeland threw a .45-caliber handgun to the ground. It was empty.
Officers then heard Copeland yelling that his hands were up and not to shoot him.
According to the complaint, Copeland had texted his wife earlier Wednesday, warning that he would shoot police if they came after him. She had called police two days earlier to report Copeland's threats to shoot up her house for not paying him for an unspecified expense.
"Police cant save u fyi," he wrote, adding that he would shoot at police if she continued to contact them.
The complaint says that on the way to the hospital, Copeland told another officer accompanying him, "I will take it (a service weapon) off your waist and put one in the back of your head too."
Copeland, a felon, has a long criminal record stretching back to his teens. As of Monday, he was in custody at the Milwaukee County Jail on $750,500 bail.
According to information provided by Milwaukee police, officers spotted Copeland as they approached a house on North 28th Street, near West Wright Street, about 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Michalski, a 17-year Police Department veteran, died from his injuries at Froedtert Hospital. He was 52.
Copeland was not wounded.
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Spotlight Resource: Dare2Know (D2K) Statewide Campaign
End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin’s new campaign, “Dare2Know (D2K), is a challenge to encourage teens to rally around healthy relationships. Our ultimate goal? To end teen dating violence in Wisconsin! Check out the Dare2Know website and be on the lookout for a series of video, radio, digital, and transit ads appearing on digital and social media and in shopping malls, movie theaters, and buses. The campaign will initially appear throughout Wisconsin, including in Green Bay, LaCrosse, Rothschild, Metro Milwaukee, Rhinelander, Ashland, and Superior. Dare2Know is a cause that seeks to expose – and end – the serious impact of teen dating violence in Wisconsin and long-term effects on youth and society. The purpose is to inform, illustrate, and inspire youth to rally together in positive ways and promote healthy relationships in their schools and communities. A variety of resources, tools, and activities, including a youth-led Teen Ambassador Program, will allow teens to actively participate and share their experiences with each other.” Check it out today!