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Wisc. police release graphic traffic stop video: ‘We want you to know what our officers went through that night’

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A police department in Wisconsin has released graphic video footage of a traffic stop gone awry that left a suspect dead and an officer severely wounded for the purposes of educating the public to the dangers of the job.

The Greenfield Police Department released the edited video footage on Thursday showing a police chase on Aug. 22 which also shows an officer being shot and wounded critically.

The chase began after an unidentified Greenfield officer stopped a vehicle for running a red light. After pulling over initially, the driver, who was identified later as Milwaukee resident Tyran C. Lamb, 31, sped away as another officer arrived in a separate police vehicle. The officers then began to pursue the suspect.

According to the edited version of the video that includes police vehicle dashcam and bodycam footage, police laid down spike strips at one point in an attempt to stop Lamb’s car, but he blew through them and continued driving until he eventually ran another red light and broadsided another vehicle.

Moment suspect’s car broadsides another vehicle as police pursue. (Greenfield PD)

The video can be seen only on YouTube because it is age-restricted.

After the collision, pursuing police approached his vehicle and ordered him at least 18 times to show his hands while continuing toward him. Eventually, Lamb shot at one of the officers through the window of his crashed vehicle.

Lamb then jumped out of his vehicle, leapt over the wounded cop while still shooting at him as two other officers who were in pursuit arrived on scene and eventually shot and killed Lamb.

Suspect shoots as he leaps over the wounded officer taking cover behind a vehicle. (Greenfield PD)

After he was wounded, the officer can be heard saying to his backup, “Please don’t let me die, please don’t let me die,” as the second officer tended to the gunshot wounds.

The department edited the video to around five minutes and did not add some footage because the cause remains under investigation by the Milwaukee County Area Investigative Team, according to Greenfield Chief of Police Jay Johnson.

“We want you to know what our officers went through that night,” Johnson said.

One officer applies a tourniquet to the wounded officer who was shot in the thigh, chest, and finger. (Greenfield PD)

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Lamb was the father of two boys and was employed rehabilitating homes after he was released from prison in May 2020. He pleaded guilty in 2017 and 2019 to charges of running from police in Milwaukee County, both of which were felonies.

Chief Johnson did not identify any of the officers involved in the incident but he did say the wounded cop is 36 years old and has three years of experience. The other two were described as being 32 years of age with 1.5 years of experience and a 22-year-old officer who has been with the department for three years.

The paper said that the wounded officer is expected to recover fully; it’s not clear if he will remain on the force, however.

The death of Lamb was the second by police in Milwaukee that week. Officers shot and killed a 42-year-old suspect, Broderick Shelton Jr., on Aug. 16 after he reportedly fired a gun at officers as they walked toward him at a gas station.

Jon Dougherty

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