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Officer-involved shooting in Waukesha


WAUKESHA (WKOW) -- Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened shortly before 2:00 a.m. on Sunday at a condo complex.

Waukesha police tell WISN-TV an elderly couple called 911 to report that they were with a suicidal man. When officers arrived, the couple was still inside the residence with the suspect. Shortly after that, the woman escaped. The suspect then called 911 to say that he was holding a man hostage. At that point, the suspect had armed himself with two knives and threatened to "cut throats."

Police said the man eventually exited the home and charged at officers, disregarding their commands to drop his knives. Police said officers were forced to shoot the man in self-defense.

The suspect was taken to a local hospital to be treated. He was listed in critical condition but is expected to survive. No one else was hurt during the incident.

Neighbors say the couple is in their 70's and they're hoping for the best for everyone involved.

"It's unfortunate," says Jim Gaulke, a neighbor. "I understand it was a mental health issue with somebody and you feel bad for people like that. It's too bad. I hope everybody comes out of it okay."

Five law enforcement officers from the Waukesha Police Department and Waukesha County Sheriff's Office are on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure during these types of investigations. 

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