MILWAUKEE — Two Milwaukee police officers have been cleared of any wrongdoing for their involvement in the fatal shooting of 38-year-old Burt Johnson. That’s according to a letter submitted to Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn earlier this month from the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office. The officers are Jesse Mattson and Jason Daering.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation led the investigation into the May 5th shooting of Johnson near 76th and Mill Rd.
Police say the officers saw an armed robbery suspect after he robbed an auto parts store — a foot chase then ensued. The suspect turned around and fired at police, striking one officer in the chest. Chief Flynn said that officer’s life was saved by his body armor. The wounded officer was taken to the hospital with “significant contusions.” In the return fire, Johnson was killed. Milwaukee police say he was a convicted felon — and records show Johnson was most recently on parole for a 2009 burglary.
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