Joseph W. Denton, 35

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
July 06, 2020

Agencies: Milwaukee Police Department Wisconsin

Cause of death: Shooting

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Joseph W. Denton, 35, of Milwaukee was shot and killed by VA hospital police when he ignored their command to put down his weapon. He was identified Wednesday afternoon by the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office, which performed an autopsy.

Autopsy results were not released as of Thursday.

The officers were a 50-year-old man with more than four years of service with the VA Police Department and a 38-year-old man with more than 17 years of service on the VA Police Department. Both were placed on administrative duty pending an investigation by Milwaukee police.  

The incident happened at 8:45 p.m. Monday outside the east entrance of the large hospital. VA officials reported Tuesday that Denton was not a veteran.