A Milwaukee police officer who was in a squad car that flipped near 76th Street and Silver Spring Drive during a pursuit Thursday afternoon has died from his injuries.
"It is with great sadness I stand before you today as the chief of the Milwaukee Police Department and announce the death of one of our own," Chief Alfonso Morales said.
Officer Charles Irvine Jr. 23, has been with the Milwaukee Police Department for about four years, Morales said. He started as a police aide and became an officer at age 21.
The other officer, a 36-year-old man, is in stable condition at Froedtert Hospital.
Irvine and his partner were in pursuit of a reckless vehicle, and the squad crashed, Morales said.
Police said it was a single-vehicle crash.
"This is a very sad day for our community," Mayor Tom Barrett said. Officer Irvine gave his life to the people of this community."
Irvine's body was escorted by Milwaukee police officers from Froedtert Hospital to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office.
A crowd gathered near MPD headquarters, where there appeared to be a prayer circle.
“I am extremely saddened to learn of the loss of our fellow officer. This officer gave his life protecting the lives of Milwaukee’s citizens. Our thoughts and prayers are with the officer and his family as we mourn this horrific loss,” Milwaukee County Sheriff Richard Schmidt said in a statement.
More information is expected to be released Friday.
It's been nearly 22 years since a Milwaukee police officer died in the line of duty. The last happened on Sept. 7, 1996.
In that case, a person shot and killed Officer Wendolyn Tanner during a foot chase.
With Thursday night's death, 62 Milwaukee police officers have died in the line of duty since the year 1884.