Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke says the suspect was holding a baby in a neonatal unit, when Milwaukee police attempted to apprehend the man for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Clarke says the man put down the baby and seemed willing to leave with police, but then revealed a gun and ran. He says officers shot the man and took him into custody.
No one else was hurt, but the sheriff says staff is shaken. The incident occurred during the noon hour Thursday, on the hospital's 7th floor.
Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn says the police officers were at the hospital because they received a tip that the 22-year-old man was there. Flynn says the suspect has an extensive criminal history, which includes gun-related crimes.
Flynn would not go into detail Thursday afternoon about the man’s relationship with the infant or the identity of the person who tipped off police.
At 1:00 p.m. Children's Hospital tweeted:
The situation at Children's has been contained. The hospital building remains locked down until law enforcement issues a complete all-clear.
— Children's Hospital (@childhealthwi) November 14, 2013