Struggle with suspect sends officer to hospital

A Milwaukee police officer is recovering in the hospital after he was punched and kicked in the head by a suspect.

Officer Dwain Monteilh is being treated for serious injuries, including a broken eye socket and bleeding behind the eye. Police say Monteilh and another officer were patrolling a north side neighborhood Monday and approached two men acting suspiciously.

Both fled as the officers tried to talk to them.

The officers caught up and struggled with the two men. Police say one of the suspects tried to grab Officer Monteilh’s gun and struck and kicked him in the face.

Police Chief Ed Flynn praised the officers’ restraint because they could have used deadly force against the suspect who was trying to grab Monteilh’s gun.