A 34-year-old man is accused of killing his girlfriend, fleeing from police and attacking an officer with a knife in Wauwatosa.

Jerry R. Hubbard, of Wauwatosa, was charged with first-degree reckless homicide in the death of 32-year-old Lauren Johnson and first-degree recklessly endangering safety.

Johnson was found under a balcony at Normandy Village Apartments, 2850 N. 124th St., Jan. 11.

Another resident called 911 that evening after hearing a female screaming in the apartment above. The resident also reported hearing a physical struggle, which lasted five to six minutes before all sounds stopped.

According to court documents, the Milwaukee County medical examiner determined Johnson was suffocated and died before she fell off the balcony.

A family member told authorities the couple met online and Hubbard moved from Cleveland, Ohio to live with her.


Above, in photos: Wauwatosa officer involved shooting Jan. 11

Law enforcement officials fill North 124th Street in the 2500 block as they investigate a City of Wauwatosa Police Officer Involved shooting late Monday, Jan. 11. Photo by Peter Zuzga. 


Responding officers were involved in a foot pursuit with Hubbard and a physical struggle ensued after officers caught up with the man. Hubbard was armed with a Faberware serrated kitchen knife with an 8-inch blade.

Hubbard stabbed a lieutenant with the knife before two of the other officers on scene fired their service weapons at the man, each firing one round. Both hit the man.

Officers on scene immediately performed lifesaving measures on Hubbard until paramedics arrived, Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber told the media last week. The man was transported to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. The injured officer was released from the hospital last week.

Paramedics attempted to treat Johnson, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

During the investigation, officers were able to confirm with the building manager that the apartment was leased to Johnson.

The Milwaukee Police Department conducted the investigation on the officer-involved shooting, which is standard protocol.

The other officers involved in the incident included a 36-year-old officer and a 31-year-old officer, both with five years of law enforcement experience. The involved officers have been placed on administrative leave, which aligns with department protocol after a police-involved shooting.

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