A Milwaukee County sheriff’s deputy was shot multiple times by a man who ran from a traffic stop near West Adler and South 68th Streets, just blocks south of I-94, early Wednesday morning, according to the sheriff’s office.

The suspected shooter, a passenger in the traffic stop, remained at large early Wednesday and should be considered armed and dangerous, the sheriff’s office said shortly before 4 a.m.

As of about 3:30 a.m., the deputy was conscious, breathing and receiving treatment, the sheriff’s office posted on its official Twitter account. The Milwaukee Fire Department confirmed paramedics took the deputy to Froedtert Hospital for treatment.

The shooting prompted an emergency alert to cell phones telling residents to “shelter in place” because of a fleeing suspect in the area and to call 911 if anyone suspicious in the area was observed.

The driver of the vehicle was taken into custody, the sheriff’s office said. West Allis and Milwaukee police are assisting in the search for the suspect. Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call 911.

About 5:30 a.m., the Milwaukee County medical examiner’s office confirmed it was called to a death investigation in the nearby blocks of the shooting. No further information was immediately available on the circumstances of that death.

The sheriff’s office is responsible for patrolling freeways and parks throughout the county and running the Milwaukee County Jail.

The shooting comes less than a day after Milwaukee County Sheriff Earnell Lucas and others paid tribute to fallen Deputy David Demos on the 25th anniversary of his death. Demos was killed by a drunk driver who crashed into him while he was helping another driver on I-94.

The sheriff’s office has named its highest honor for him — the David Demos Award — recognizing those for commitment duty, honor and service.

It’s also the second time in two weeks that a law enforcement officer has been shot in Milwaukee. An off-duty Milwaukee police detective was shot and injured when he intervened in an attempted carjacking in the city’s Third Ward.

Three people have been charged in that shooting and two are in custody. The suspected shooter, Keasean J. Ellis-Brown, who has been charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide, remains at large and the FBI has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

Contact Ashley Luthern at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at @aluthern.
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