MILWAUKEE – The food delivery driver nearly had his car stolen before an off-duty Milwaukee police detective intervened on Thursday. Jan. 13 in the Third Ward describes the ordeal that left Detective MPD with multiple gunshot wounds.
It all started outside Shake Shack in the Third Ward. The woman says she got out of her car, turned it off and started walking towards the restaurant to take a food order. At that time, she could see employees pointing and waving at her.
“Their car pulled up next to mine,” she said. “He jumped up and jumped into mine.”
The Milwaukee woman, still fearing for her safety, asked to remain anonymous. She says it all happened so fast on Thursday afternoon.
“My daughter said, ‘Who are you?’ at him, and he turned around and said ‘Whoa’ and jumped up,” she said.
With her three daughters still in the car, she saw the man drive away. She then realized that he had dropped his phone.
“I went to get the phone, then I went…I told the restaurant to call 911,” she said. “‘Call them, please. I have his phone.'”
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It was then that things changed.
“While I’m talking and saying I have his phone, he heard me, and he turned to me and rushed at me, wrapped his arms around me and tried to put me down. tackle to the ground to retrieve his phone,” she said.
The off-duty Milwaukee detective, who was inside Shake Shack, intervened.
“They were struggling on the ground, then you heard two shots, followed by more shots,” she said. “While this was happening, the restaurant workers were pulling me from the back and I was trying to reach my children.”
The woman says she saw the officer bleeding.
“The whole time he was on the ground, he was just repeating the plate number and what he wanted them to write, so he didn’t care about himself at all,” he said. she stated.
Eventually, the mother of three returned to her car.
“We’re just trying to get over, right now, the trauma,” she said.
She says she doesn’t feel safe as a food delivery driver and has opened a GoFundMe.com account to try to move on.
“Just to try to get me through until I can get a job, and I don’t feel safe in Milwaukee,” she said. “I would like to move.”
The woman said she considers the detective a hero and hopes to meet him one day to thank him for saving her life. She is also grateful to Shake Shack employees who helped keep her and her children safe.
Statement from Shake Shack
“We are deeply disturbed by the events that unfolded at the Third Ward Shack on Thursday. We wish the victim of this terrible act a full and speedy recovery. The safety of our team and guests is our top priority, and violence has no place in our cabins. We are working closely with the authorities as they investigate this incident.