A man with a long history of drug arrests injured a Milwaukee police officer and stole his patrol vehicle in a late January struggle during a welfare check.
According to the Milwaukee-Journal, officer Herbert Davis III approached a parked vehicle on January 27th. He was called to the location after someone reported a person being slumped over the steering wheel of the vehicle. Officer Davis attempted to call for medical attention and get some information from a slumped and clearly drunk Jetrin Rodthong.
Rodthong has a bench warrant out for his arrest after he failed to appear for a court summons. He was arrested for three felony drug charges in 2020 and posted a $3,000 bond. He is known to be a substance abuser and have bipolar disorder.
After Davis attempted to interact with Rodthong, he asked him to step out of the car. That’s when the struggle and shooting started.
Rodthong grabbed onto Davis’ arms and wrestled with him. He then pulled out a pink and black gun and began firing. Officer Davis retreated behind Rodthong’s car for cover and returned fire. In all, 14 bullets between the two were exchanged.
Davis was struck in his shoulder and left flank. He was taken to the hospital for treatment. He is still currently on administrative leave.
After the gunfire, Rodthong hopped in Officer Davis’ cruiser and drove off. He didn’t get far before he crashed into another vehicle while trying to cross an intersection.
He ran away, but officers caught up with him and were able to arrest him. Rodthong admitted to using meth and heroin found in his possession prior to his interaction with Officer Davis. They also found the pink and black gun he used.
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