20-year-old shooter commits suicide and officer sustained non-life threatening injuries.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
July 17, 2016
Milwaukee, WI – On Sunday around 2:30 a.m., Tomas Angel Rivera Uriegas, 20, of West Allis Hispanic man allegedly committed suicide in a yard after being involved in a domestic dispute and shooting Milwaukee Police Officer Brandon Baranowski, 31, as he sat in a police squad car at the 3500 block of S. 17 Street.
The officer was responding to several domestic violence dispute calls in the area, but the suspect was no longer at the scene. While the officer was in his squad vehicle doing a report, the suspect approached on foot and discharged his .22 Cal. weapon at the officer inside the squad car, striking the officer twice. The suspect then fled.
Other officers who responded to the scene investigating the shooting heard a single shot nearby and discovered the body of the alleged suspect in a backyard near the shooting incident with a self-inflicted wound to the head. A handgun was recovered next to the body. The wounded officer sustained several non-life threatening wounds. Rivera Uriegas had two prior felonies, according to the Milwaukee Police Department.
Rivera Uriegas used to work at the Buffalo Wild Wings in West Allis and is survived by a child.
Rivera Uriegas was charged in April for one felony count of aggravated assault. Rivera Uriegas got into an altercation with his mother’s live-in-boyfriend at a balcony porch. Rivera Uriegas struck him causing him to fall off a porch and fell seven feet to the ground causing a cheekbone fracture and a spinal injury, which almost paralyzed him from the neck down, according to the criminal complaint.
Rivera Uriegas was out on a $500 cash bail.
On August 2015, Rivera Uriegas was charged with one misdemeanor count for credit card fraud. He pleaded guilty and served 90 days in the House of Corrections and was ordered to pay more than $2,600 in restitution.
Update: On Tuesday, Milwaukee Police Officer Brandon Baranowski received the Milwaukee Police Department Purple Valor Award by Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn for getting shot by Tomas Angel Rivera Uriegas while seating inside his assigned police SUV and surviving. Rivera Uriegas committed suicide shortly after shooting Officer Baranowski with a .22 LR Cal. weapon.