Man dies after leading South Milwaukee Police on chase

Published on: 3/17/2010

Cudahy — A 40 year-old man whose car was being chased by South Milwaukee Police died from a gunshot wound Wednesday night when his car crashed with another vehicle near Cudahy's border with South Milwaukee.

A South Milwaukee residence had been under surveillance by South Milwaukee Police earlier in the evening, South Milwaukee Police Chief Ann Wellens said. Shortly after 8:35 p.m., the man drove away from the residence and was followed by officers who tried to stop the vehicle. The man refused to stop and led officers on a chase that ended when his car struck a vehicle that was turning at College and Chicago avenues, Wellens said.

At the time of the crash, reported at 8:42 p.m., a shotgun in the man's car discharged, Wellens said. Police were trying to determine if the discharge was accidental.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 23-year-old woman who was driving the vehicle that was struck was taken to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa. Her condition was not immediately available, Wellens said.

Evidence at the scene indicated that the suspect had sent a text message to his brother shortly before the crash, Wellens said.