The man pleads not guilty to killing a Milwaukee police officer

Jonathan Copeland Jr.

& # 39; Drug dealer & # 39; pleads not guilty to killing the Milwaukee police officer in an ambush during an attack to arrest him

  • Jonathan Copeland Jr. appeared at a court hearing in Milwaukee on Thursday
  • Copeland, 30, faces three counts of felonies, including murder
  • Officer Michael Michalski was shot dead in an ambush at a Milwaukee home
  • Michalsi and his colleagues went to a home to arrest Copeland for drug crimes

Associated Press

A man accused of the shooting death of a Milwaukee police officer last month pleaded not guilty.

Jonathan Copeland Jr. filed his guilty plea Thursday at a hearing during which a judge decided there is sufficient evidence for a trial.

The 30-year-old faces three felony counts, including first-degree murder for the death of Michael Michalski's 52-year-old officer.

Jonathan Copeland Jr.

Officer Michael Michalski

Officer Michael Michalski

Jonathan Copeland Jr. (left) presented his statement Thursday at a hearing during which a judge decided there is sufficient evidence for a trial. He faces three felony counts, including first-degree intentional homicide for the death of Officer Michael Michalski, 52 (right)

Copeland is also charged with attempted first-degree manslaughter for shooting at two other officers.

Those officers were not beaten.

Prosecutors say the police went to a house on the north side of Milwaukee on July 25 to arrest Copeland with an arrest warrant for serious drug crimes.

Michalski climbed a back staircase when Copeland allegedly ambushed the officer.

Copeland will appear again in court later this month.

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