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Ex-Milwaukee cop honored after being shot in the face

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A former Milwaukee police officer was honored Monday morning, almost five years after he and his partner were shot in the face by a suspect they were questioning.  

Graham Kunisch retired in late March after only six years on the Milwaukee police force.

The Common Council honored him. Police Chief Ed Flynn told the aldermen and visitors that both Kunisch and his partner Bryan Norberg showed courage to confront what happened, to endure and recover, and mostly importantly, to return to the police department.  

Norberg is still on the force, after he had severe wounds to his mouth and jaw. Kunisch suffered a number of wounds including a brain injury, and he went blind in his left eye.  

They were shot at close range at mid-afternoon by a suspect on a bicycle.

Chief Flynn said his department would miss Kunisch, but they'll always learn from the example he set.

Council Public Safety Committee chairman Terry Witkowski said Kunisch honored himself with his conduct and his service to the community.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)