Wisconsin police arrest armed suspect accused of shooting 2 police officers, previous attempted murder

Nathanael Benton, 23, was captured in Waukesha County

The armed suspect accused of shooting two police officers early Friday morning in Wisconsin has been captured, police said. Nathanael Benton, 23, was also wanted for a previous attempted murder in North Dakota.

Delafield Police Chief Erik Kehl said Benton was arrested without resistance in a field not far from the Holiday Inn where the officers were shot in Waukesha County, about 27 miles west of Milwaukee. Additional details were not immediately provided. 

Kehl said earlier in the day that one of his officers and another from nearby Hartland confronted a man suspected of a hit-and-run crash outside a Holiday Inn at Interstate 94 and Highway 83 in Waukesha County, about 27 miles west of Milwaukee.

The officers were rushed to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, he said.

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Earlier Friday, the local public was warned in an emergency alert to “avoid the area” of Highway 83 and Golf Road in Delafield because of a “law enforcement incident," local affiliate FOX6 News Milwaukee reported. 

“If you live in the immediate area, please take shelter in the lowest level of home/business and await the all clear message,” the alert stated.

Fargo police, in a Facebook post, said they were notified Friday morning that the shooting in Delafield involved Benton, a man wanted in their city for attempted murder.

According to Fargo police, a man called police about 2:30 a.m. on Sunday and said he thought he had been shot. He said he had taken a rideshare to Moorhead, Minn., and then experienced head pain.

He returned to Fargo and called police. He was taken to the hospital, where medical personnel found bullet fragments in his head, police said.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.