MILWAUKEE - A Milwaukee Police officer shot and killed a suspect who attacked him with his own baton at Red Arrow Park in downtown Milwaukee at about 3:30 Wednesday afternoon.

"The foot patrol officer on this beat was dispatched to a call of a trouble with subject in Red Arrow Park," Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn said in a news conference.  "The officer encountered that subject lying on the ground.  At that time the officer helped the subject to his feet and began to conduct a field interview."

When the officer patted the suspect down, the suspect began attacking the officer, who pulled out his baton to defend himself.

"The subject took it from him," Flynn explained.  "The subject began to beat the officer with the wooden baton, striking him in the head.  The officer withdrew his sidearm, fired several shots at the individual, striking him numerous times, ultimately causing his death."

The suspect, who has not been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The officer, 38, is recovering from non-life threatening injuries at Froedert Hospital. Per Milwaukee Police Department procedure, he has been placed on administrative duty pending the results of an internal investigation into the shooting.

The Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office is also investigating.

Chief Flynn said officers are conducting a canvass for witnesses who may have seen the shooting and are also searching for surveillance video of the incident.