Police shoot unarmed man, fifth time unarmed motorist shot by police in 13 months

Tuesday, August 5th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

MILWAUKEE (AP) _ A police officer shot and wounded an unarmed man during a traffic stop, the fifth time in 13 months that an unarmed motorist was shot by Milwaukee police.

The man, Timothy Nabors, was shot in the chest Monday afternoon and was expected to survive, police said.

The shooting happened after Officer Michael W. Lutz and his partner pulled over the sport utility vehicle Nabors was driving. Nabors immediately raised his hands when police asked him to get out, and also held up his shirt to show he was unarmed, witnesses said.

But when a gun belonging to Nabors' passenger skidded across the pavement toward Nabors, Lutz shot him from just a few feet away, witnesses said.

Lutz, a 12-year veteran of the department, was placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.

The Justice Department's civil rights division was already investigating the four prior police shootings of unarmed motorists before Nabors was shot.