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Police identify man killed in shootout

Charges pending for driver of alleged getaway car

April 21, 2009

A bank robbery suspect who was killed in a shootout April 16 with Fox Point and River Hills officers has been identified as Joshua L. Black, a 21-year-old Milwaukee resident.

Black, who had no prior criminal record, fled Cornerstone Community Bank, 8607 N. Port Washington Road, Fox Point, after allegedly robbing it shortly before 10 a.m., according to Fox Point police. Fox Point and River Hills police stopped the vehicle Black was a passenger in at Port Washington and Good Hope roads, Glendale. According to Glendale police, Black fired at officers, who returned fire.

A 20-year-old Milwaukee woman, who was driving the alleged getaway car, was arrested. As of press deadline, the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office was reviewing the case to determine possible charges against the woman.

Fox Point Police Chief Tom Czaja said money from the robbery was found in the vehicle, but declined to say how much because the investigation is ongoing.

Officers placed on leave

Black and the woman did not follow verbal commands by officers to get out of the vehicle, according to a River Hills police news release.

A River Hills officer took cover next to a stone wall, and Black allegedly fired at him. The shot nearly hit the officer, but instead struck the wall, according to the release.

The River Hills officer returned fire, along with a second River Hills officer and two Fox Point police officers.

The four officers involved in the shootout have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard protocol.

No one other than Black was injured.

Cooperation among agencies

Glendale Police Public Information Officer Joel Dhein said a description of the fleeing car was broadcast to law enforcement agencies shortly after the robbery.

Dhein said officers from River Hills, Fox Point, Glendale and the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office and investigators from the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office worked at the two crime scenes. Other agencies, including the FBI, also are involved in the investigations.

Czaja credited a strong working relationship between all agencies for maintaining the safety of motorists in the area at the time of the shootout.

"All of the officers at the scene did an outstanding job," Czaja said. "They showed courage, restraint, bravery and professionalism. It was obvious that their training had taken over."

Mary Buckley can be reached at (262) 446-6615, Dave Fidlin at (262) 446-6603. Jane Ford-Stewart also contributed to this article.

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