It was a shocking scene — police firing their guns inside the neonatal unit at Children’s Hospital one year ago while new mothers hid with their babies.
WISN 12 News investigative reporter Colleen Henry just obtained the surveillance video that prompted major security changes.
On a unit that routinely navigates the tension between life and death, the calm at the Children’s Hospital neonatal unit was shattered with the most frightening of words: “active shooter.”
WISN 12 News obtained hospital security video of the mayhem when Milwaukee police officers went looking for a man with an outstanding warrant and a history of carrying a gun who was visiting his newborn.
That confrontation ended in gunfire and forced terrified patients and families to scramble for safety.
When the gun smoke cleared, the shaken patients learned the shots they had heard were fired by a Milwaukee police officer.
The video shows a doctor opening the staff doors for the officers at 11:54 a.m. They went to room C745.
Less than two minutes later, a different camera captures the suspect tearing around the corner with officers following with guns drawn.
He bursts through the staff door with a gun in his right hand, and police in pursuit.
Then there is a nine-minute hole in the video.
Police refuse to release the portions where officers came face-to-face with the suspect.
It’s described in a Milwaukee Police Department memorandum. One officer shot the suspect in the arm. The suspect escapes twice and is finally handcuffed after a bloody struggle.
The tape resumed as backup arrived — hospital security, sheriff’s deputies, Milwaukee detectives and finally Chief of Police Ed Flynn and his command staff.
A year later, the chief said lessons were learned.
“It was absolutely an opportunity for us to ascertain some shortcomings in our response protocols,” Flynn said.