& # 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
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. (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.