Due To 'Recent Incidents,' Milwaukee Police Refuse To Shoot Man Chasing Them With A Butcher Knife

| by Jonathan Constante

A Milwaukee man has been arrested after allegedly chasing two police officers with a large butcher knife and threatening to kill them.

Alfonso Martinez, 26, was charged with two counts of recklessly endangering safety by using a weapon on Thursday.

Authorities said the incident occurred Monday when two police officers were investigating a double homicide. The officers discovered two dead bodies when they entered a home on the 3200 block of N. Richards Street. Once they encountered Martinez, the officers said he threatened to kill them and began chasing them around parked cars while wielding a large butcher knife. The officers eventually arrested him after Martinez dropped his weapon.

One of the officers involved told investigators that this was "the most frightening experience" she has had as an officer. She also admitted that she was "beginning to wear out from the running" before Martinez ultimately surrendered.

According to FoxNews 6, Martinez was charged with the alleged incident involving the knife, but he has not been implicated in the deaths of the two men. 

FoxNews6 spoke with Martinez's mother this week, and she described him as a "good kid."

"My son is a good kid," she said. "He’s helpful. He’s loving. He’ll bend over backwards to help someone, but he struggles with multiple mental health issues. I believe his dad and uncle forgive him. We love him no matter what. He is still family.” 

The two officers said they refrained from shooting Martinez given the recent widespread backlash against officers using excessive and deadly force on citizens. These cases include but are not limited to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, the illegal chokehold that took the life of Eric Garner in New York City and the recent Milwaukee shooting of Dontre Hamilton that left him with 15 gun shot wounds.

The caller who issued the criminal complaint claimed that Martinez "had mental health issues."

Source: Channel 3000Journal SentinelFoxNews6 / Photo Credit: Wiki Media, FoxNews6