Chief Alfonso Morales of the Milwaukee Police Department in Wisconsin sadly reports the death of Officer Michael Michalski.
Officer Michalski, 52, was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a subject that was wanted on multiple warrants including weapons, narcotics and parole violations.
Michalski was assigned to the Special Investigations Unit and officers went looking for the suspect. When the suspect was located, he realized that officers were pursuing him and he fled into a nearby home.
Officers pursued the suspect into the home where he obtained a weapon and immediately commenced firing on police as they made entry.
As a result, Michalski was struck by gunfire and critically wounded. He was transported to Froedtert Medical Center where he passed away shortly after his arrival.
Additional officers at the scene returned fire. Consequently, the suspect surrendered when he ran out of ammunition.
Michael Michalski served the Milwaukee Police Department for 20 years, 17 of those years as a uniformed officer. He was a model officer in that he was involved in many challenges and positions in the department. He served in the Uniformed Patrol Division, Robbery Task Force, Vice Control Division, and the Special Investigations Unit where he was currently assigned. He had received numerous letters of commendation and departmental awards during his career. He also served as a Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Deputy.
Chief Morales became emotional as he described how much Michalski meant to the department Thursday at a news conference.
“Officer Michalski was loved by everyone. He’s the person that you would want to cookie cut and say ‘this is what we want the Milwaukee Police Department to represent. He is the person that if you were going to the door and wanted cooperation, you wanted people to talk to you, you would send Officer Michalski. He’s a Christian — well-loved on the department. I can’t think of anybody who has anything negative to say about Officer Michalski or his family,” said Morales.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says flags across the state will be lowered to half staff in honor of Officer Michalski.
“Tonette and I mourn the death of Officer Michael Michalski who died in the line of duty while protecting the people he served for 20 years. His passing is another painful reminder of the absolute commitment and sacrifices our law enforcement officers make to protect our communities every day. Our hearts go out to his family and the entire Milwaukee Police Department family. His memory and dedication to our state will always be remembered,” Walker said in a statement.
“He was the one that oftentimes was sent to the most difficult situations because of his ability to communicate with people because of the level of respect he showed individuals regardless of where they stood in the community. He embodied the professionalism and respect we want to see in the police department. I ask the residents to not only pray for Officer Michalski and his family, but to thank our police officers for the work that they do for us. This is another tragic reminder of the stress they are under on a daily basis. He went in there and made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of the residents of this community,” said Mayor Tom Barrett.
Michalski’s wife Susan, and their three sons, John, Joshua and Andrew, survive him.
Officer Michael Michalski is gone, but will never be forgotten.
EOW: Wednesday, July 25, 2018.
Note: Officer Michael Michalski is the second Milwaukee police officer to die in the line of duty in nearly two months. Officer Charles “Chuckie” Irvine Jr. was killed after the squad car he was in crashed while in pursuit of a reckless driver.