A man who police say shot and fatally wounded a neighbor and then fatally shot himself in his house in south suburban Milwaukee has been identified as Officer Thomas M. Luebke.
A man who the Milwaukee Police Department said was an acquaintance of the suspect who killed Luebike told police the man had a “mental health problem,” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
Luedke’s body was found inside his home on Thursday.
His body was later recovered by the Milwaukee Fire Department, where he was pronounced dead.
According to the Milwaukee police report, officers responded to a report of a shooting about 10:15 p.m.
Thursday at a home on the 200 block of W. Milwaukee Avenue in Milwaukee.
The Milwaukee Police Officers’ Union said in a statement Thursday that Luebske, who was an officer for less than a year, had been placed on paid administrative leave.
He was the son of Milwaukee Police Officer Robert Lueber, who also died last month.
He joined the force in September 2014.
The family of the slain officer, Sgt. Jason Lueben, told WISN 12 News that Luedebke had been with the Milwaukee PD for about six months and was a “good guy.”
The Milwaukee police said Lueke was on administrative leave at the time of his death.
He had been on paid leave for about a year following a police-involved shooting in the early hours of Nov. 18, according to the police report.MPD spokesman Sgt. Sean Edwards told The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Luebers death is being investigated by the police department’s Internal Affairs Division, which investigates all matters of law enforcement misconduct.
He declined to provide details about what that investigation is.
Police did not immediately return a message left Thursday night by The Associated Press seeking comment.