Father charged with shooting, killing his own son says, “Why did he have to fight me with me?”

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Winford Thompson

Winford Thompson

MILWAUKEE — 44-year-old Winford Thompson of Milwaukee faces a criminal charge of second-degree reckless homicide in connection with the shooting death of his son, 25-year-old Donte Thompson.

Donte Thompson was shot in a driveway during a dispute in the neighborhood near 18th and Cherry in Milwaukee on Monday evening, April 18th.

According to the criminal complaint, a witness told police that Donte had “asked to borrow Winford Thompson’s vehicle so that he could go to a job interview and Winford Thompson said that he would not lend him the vehicle.” An argument broke out — and then the witness indicated a gunshot was heard. The witness said he “observed Winford standing by the driver’s door with a black handgun.” The witness indicated “Donte Thompson was not threatening nor did he have anything in his hands.” Winford Thompson apparently drove away at that point.

Shooting at 18th and Cherry

Shooting at 18th and Cherry

After police arrived on the scene, the complaint says Winford Thompson pulled back into the driveway, “exited the vehicle and approached (police) stating, ‘Why did he have to fight me with me?'”

If convicted of second-degree reckless homicide, Thompson faces up to 25 years in prison and $100,000 in fines.

12 comments

  • Fred

    This creates a big problem……how are the parents and relatives going to protest this murder and demand justice?
    I’m sure the community will be protesting, maybe even blocking the streets and freeway ramps. I hope they notify the city when Jesse J. & Al S. fly into town for this one.

    • Fred

      My point is, the Black Community throws a major protest when a white cop kills a black person. Jesse and Al show up and fuel the flames of protest and civil unrest. Yet, daily we see an immense amount of Black on Black killing and it seems to pass in the news as common place – no protest, no calls for justice. That tells me who the racists are………

    • Noneya

      What is there to protest? He is arrested and will be tried. The reason the protests happen is because cops are taken at their word, with no real investigation. But you know that.

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  • Why

    An argument leads to you shooting and killing your son. As a parent you have to do better. I’m sure you didn’t have to kill your son. God bless the young mans family & friends.

  • Mark

    one split second moment of anger and two lives pretty much gone. damn. The fathers true punishment is not the sentence handed down…. it’s living the rest of his days regretting that one second it took to pull that trigger.

  • Mel

    Come on people, rise above the racist comments here. This is an awful tragic, deplorable situation. I wonder if this father was on drugs. I bet yes. And here this young man had wonderful intentions of getting a job to have his father kill him!? What is wrong with the community here!? So sad that this ass killed his own son. Bull. I hope he is haunted by this for the rest of his existence. He really deserves life in prison, but that is my opinion. Cause the man he killed, his own son, sounds like he would have helped the community and been a wonderful addition to the world, now he is gone. Sad and disgusting. Heal your people Milwaukee!

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