A Milwaukee County sheriff's deputy was being held Tuesday on a possible charge of attempted homicide in connection with a double shooting Monday night that wounded a 31-year-old woman and a 12-year-old neighbor girl, police records show.
A neighbor of the woman said the victim had pounded on her door before fleeing to the girl's apartment, and the neighbor described the incident as "chaos."
Thomas D. Hutchins, a 12-year-veteran of the sheriff's office, was in custody at the Waukesha County Jail on Tuesday night.
Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Kim Brooks confirmed Tuesday that department officials learned of the arrest of a 39-year-old deputy, but did not name him.
An arrest log at the Milwaukee Police Department lists Hutchins as the suspect in the shooting, which occurred at 8:50 p.m. on Monday. Police said the woman was shot in the cheek after a domestic argument in the 8800 block of N. Swan Road.
She ran to the girl's apartment, where the 12-year-old was shot in the leg.
Police later arrested Hutchins in the 4300 block of N. 73rd St., according to arrest records.
Sherrelia King, who lives next door to the woman who was shot, said she heard "arguing and the gunshots and the glass shattering, and then she must have come over here, because I heard banging on my door."
But when she got to the door, nobody was there.
She said she heard more shooting after the initial shots were fired.
King thought the deputy didn't live with the shooting victim, but she said he was there often, and she'd heard arguing.
The buildings are part of the multi-unit Woodlands complex, northwest of Swan and Brown Deer roads. King and the woman shot in the cheek live in adjacent units of one building. The 12-year-old lives in an adjacent building about 15 feet away.
"That had to be traumatic for that baby, that child," said King of the girl. "You just go to the door and the wild, wild west comes in."
The Sheriff's Department's Brooks reported that the deputy is suspended without pay pending the completion of an internal investigation.
Roy Felber, president of the Milwaukee Deputy Sheriffs' Association, said Tuesday afternoon that he and association vice president Rich Graber were on their way to speak with the arrested deputy.
He said they were advised to be there because internal affairs would be speaking with the deputy.
"I just want to make sure he's all right, that he has what he needs," Felber said. "As far as anything else, I don't want to know what happened. It was off-duty. That's between him and his attorney."
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