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Milwaukee police grieve for community officer shot off-duty

Milwaukee police were called to the area of South 22nd Place and West Barnard Avenue shortly before 6 p.m. Monday
Milwaukee Community Service Officer Naeem Sarosh was fatally shot while off-duty on Aug. 31, 2020
Milwaukee Community Service Officer Naeem Sarosh was fatally shot while off-duty on Aug. 31, 2020(Milwaukee Police Department)
Published: Aug. 31, 2020 at 9:32 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 1, 2020 at 3:42 PM CDT
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MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WISN) - Milwaukee police are investigating the fatal shooting of one of its own employees.

Acting Chief Michael Brunson said a community service officer, Naeem Sarosh, was shot while off-duty. A 65-year-old man was taken into custody.

Sarosh was a four-year veteran of the police department, Brunson said.

The shooting happened in the area of South 22nd Place and West Barnard Avenue shortly before 6 p.m. Monday. The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner was called to the scene.

A neighbor told WBAY’s ABC affiliate WISN she tried to save the man’s life.

She said the victim’s brother is also a Milwaukee police officer and began performing CPR when he arrived at the scene.

The victim’s daughters may have been home at the time of the shooting.

It’s not clear what led to the shooting. It may have been a neighbor dispute, according to other neighbors.

Officials said there was no threat to the community and asked drivers to avoid the area during the investigation.

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