On Saturday, September 7, 1996, Officer Wendolyn Tanner was shot and killed during a foot chase of a known felon and parole violator that he and his partner were attempting to arrest.
Officer Tanner and his partner observed a suspect wanted on a warrant in the area of N. 20th Street and W. Hampton Avenue. As they approached the suspect, he fled on foot. During the chase, the suspect fired several shots at the officers. One bullet struck Officer Tanner in the side, between the panels of his vest. His partner was able to return fire and shot the suspect who was later taken into custody after officers followed his blood trail.
Officer Tanner was 29 years old and had served with the Milwaukee Police Department for 4 years. He was survived by his expectant fiancée.