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Wauwatosa, Wisconsin — On April 5th, 2022 at 9131 West Congress Street in the City of Milwaukee, two Wauwatosa Police Officers, Dexter Schleis and Evan Olson discharged their firearms at 17-year-old Damiso Lee after after he refused to drop a gun and attempted to flee the two officers. As officer Olson was parked, a silver car passed by. An automatic license plate reader system installed in Olson’s squad activated, linking the vehicle to a stolen car report. Although the system is automated, Olson needed to do some additional fact checking. According to the district attorney’s decision summary, Olson checked the squad’s computer to see if the photo captured by the plate reader matched the vehicle.
The dispatchers confirmed its stolen status to Olson, but the owner had not told police that the car was recovered. The Silver Pontiac Grand Prix pulled into an alleyway and officers tried to contact the driver. Lee got out of the car, armed with a handgun. Officers yelled at Lee to drop the gun but he refused. That’s when Lee attempted to flee the officers. The two officers opened fire, striking Lee. The two officers started rendering aid until Milwaukee Fire Department paramedics arrived and brought him to a local hospital. Lee sustained non-life threatening injuries during this encounter. The DA’s Office has charged Lee with a misdemeanor count of possession of a dangerous weapon by a person younger than 18. The Milwaukee County District Attorney ruled the officers were justified in their actions.
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0:00 – Bodycam: Officer Olson
0:57 – Dashcam: Officer Olson
1:51 – Bodycam: Officer Schleis
2:44 – Dashcam: Officer Schleis