No criminal charges against man involved in shooting incident

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- The Milwaukee County District Attorney will not be issuing criminal charges against a maintenance worker in relation to a shooting incident that happened at an apartment building near 27th and Vliet St. on March 12th.

19-year-old James Bell and 17-year-old Anmarie Miller were shot and killed in the apartment building.

According to a report released by the District Attorney's Office on Wednesday, April 2nd, the maintenance worker went to the apartment building "to change some fire extinguishers." While in the building, the maintenance worker became involved in a "verbal confrontation" with Bell and Miller. "At one point, Bell grabbed (the maintenance worker) from behind and pulled him down onto the stairs." Someone other than Bell and Miller punched the maintenance work at least once -- and then Miller began hitting him with "a small souvenir-type bat." The document says the maintenance worker "gained control of his gun and shot Miller in the chest as she was hitting him with the bat. Seven seconds later, (the maintenance worker) shot Bell in the chest. The evidence indicates that when (the maintenance worker) shot bell, Bell had a choke hold on (the maintenance worker)."

"My client was put in an impossible situation. This is just a classic case of self defense," attorney Dave Geraghty told FOX6 over the phone. "He certainly was in fear for his life, for receiving great bodily harm, which he did -- and he took the only action that he could at that point."

The District Attorney's Office indicates that version of the facts is backed up by cell phone video taken at the scene. Officials say in the report, "These credible facts show the State could not prove that (the maintenance worker) was not using proper force as necessary to terminate what he believed to be an unlawful interference with his person, and he reasonably believed that the force used was necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself." In the end, there will be no charges against the maintenance worker.

Community activist Tory Lowe, who has been in contact with the victims' families in the past, says they deserve to see the cell phone video of the incident.

FOX6 News will not identify the maintenance worker because no charges are being filed.

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13 comments

  • cynic

    Good shoot. Glad we are able to protect ourselves now. Imagine what would have happened to the guy if all he could do was dial 911. Interesting that someone was actually recording the whole thing on a cell phone. Stupid thugs.

  • Lone ranger

    oh but them brothers was just trying to survive in a mean unfair city. If anything good came of this don’t start beaten on people or trying to rob them you just might end up dead.

  • Lonnie

    ignorance, ignorance, ignorant people commenting on this article
    Don’t talk about something u know nothing about for y’all info they were not robbing anyone

  • Laurie

    The article clearly states that the maintenance man got involved in an argument between two teens he should have just called the police to handle the situation as it was none of his business. I really think they need to release the video because they left out the part of the story where the 17 year old was headbutted by the maintenance man and that is when her boyfriend grabbed him. She picked up the maintenance workers bat to get the maintenance worker off of him. He should have been charged. Read the full police report. The person who video tapped this on their phone should have used that phone to call the police instead of video tapping the incident. These were sensless deaths.

    • Money

      There was obviously at least 3 people there besides the maintenance worker. So if you got into an altercation with 3 teens that obviously don’t give a fk (or else they would’ve walked away) how do you think it’s going to end up? Hey let’s call the police and wait FOREVER for them to show up? hahaha What suburb do you live in? The Milwaukee police have never arrived anywhere in less than a half hour. Them teens would’ve been long gone then, probably laughing about it, ready to do it again to someone else. Good job maintenance man. Keep up the good work.

      • mike vella

        YOU COULDNT HAVE PUT THIS ANY BETTER LOVE YOU FOR EVRYTHING YOU SAID COULDNT HAVE PUT IT ANY BETTER.THEY GET VIDEO THEY STILL WONT BE HAPPY,THESE PEOPLE ARE THE MOST CANIVING PEOPLE THESE KIDS WOULD HAVE LEFT THE MAINTNACE MAN TO DIE THESE SO CALLED ADULTS ARE AGREING TO THERE OWN KIDS VIOLANCE BUT WHEN THEY GO TO GAS STATIONS OR WHERE EVER AND KILL SOMEONE LIKE A WHITE PERSON WE JUST TAKE IT FOR GRANITE AS IT HAPPENS IT HAPPENS.THIS SOCIETY TODAY ARE ANIMALS ITS EVERY DAY YOUR PEOPLE ARE KILLING YOUR OWN PEOPLE,AND I AM NOT PREJUDICE I LOVE BLACK PEOPLE,THE OLDER BLACKS KNOW ALL ABOUT YOUR RACE THE KIDS ARE NOTHING BUT TROUBLE THESE DAYS,BY THE WAY NOT ALL OF THEM, THERE ARE VERY RESPECTABLE BLACKS,I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT THE 3RD KID JUST WALKS OFF OUT OF THIS WHEN HE WILL JUST CONTINUE HIS BEHAVIOR AND DO THIS TO SOME ONE ELSE.WE DO WHAT EVER WE PLEASE ATTITUDE.THE LADY WAS HITTING WITH THE BAT TO WHEN HE WAS BEATEN DOWN THAT HE HAD KNOW STRENGTH LEFT AND IF YOU DONT THINK WOMAN HAVE STRENGTH YOU BETTER THINK TWICE.NOBODY WANTS TO PUT THERE SELVES IN THE MAINTNACE MANS POSITION ANYBODY REGUARDLESS WHAT RACE CANNOT TELL ME THEY WOULD HAVE DONE THE SAME THING,GROW UP AND GET OVER THIS LEAVE THIS MAINTNANCE MAN ALONE.GIVE IT UP THESE KIDS DID THERE DAMAGE AND HE HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO DO WHAT HE DID.ADVICE KEEP YOUR KIDS UNDER CONTROL AND OUT OF TROUBLE OF VIOLANCE TO OTHERS MEANING ANYBODY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!THESE WHERE VERY VIOLENT ACTIONS OF THESE KIDS TO TAKE.BYE BYE

  • Stephen

    agreed once again, dregs supporting dregs in the city of milwaukee, glad this poor guy was able to prove himself innocent from being automatically guilty…CRIMINALS WAKE UP!! CONCEAL CARRY IS HERE and its being used by the good people of Milwaukee, with summer coming I doubt this will be the last story like this we will hear about…

  • Moeshias

    Likes Meatlof says “2 out of 3 ain’t bads”. The third thugs must a been a tracks star. Yous is all right, theys wernts tryin to be robbin hims, theys was trying to murda hims width the ball bats and a chicken chokes hold!

  • marilyn

    I understand why the man got killed but the lady? Seriously? Idk why he killed the lady woman are defenseless over men regardless. Its just not right he shouldve got charged for the death of that lady

    • GoodRiddanceToBadRubbish

      Cause she was choking him from behind. He gave her seven seconds to let go. Should he have let her choke him longer till he passed out?

  • Rasheed

    Dis be nothin but racial crime agin. Black child just tryin have fun and cracker kill black baby for nothin. If black baby jump cracker don’t fight back! Dat racist & u know better! Don’t u know about slavery! Anytime cracker kill brother or sister should go jail no matter reason because it always racist! Cracker never stop bein raciol.

  • John

    Glad this had a good outcome. If liberals were in charge of the investigation, the hero would probably be lynched.

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