“Things got out of hand:” Violence breaks out in Milwaukee following officer-involved shooting

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MILWAUKEE -- The City of Milwaukee turned violent Saturday, August 13th and early Sunday, August 14th following an officer-involved shooting that took place Saturday afternoon near N. 44th and Auer. The officer-involved shooting came on the heels of what was already a very violent start to the weekend -- with nine shootings, five of them homicides.

Multiple buildings and businesses were set on fire late Saturday/early Sunday.

Those businesses included the BP gas station at Sherman and Burleigh, Jet Beauty at 35th and Fond du Lac, BMO Harris Bank at 36th and Fond du Lac, O'Reilly Auto Parts at Fond du Lac and Burleigh and MJM Liquor at Fond du Lac and North. A traffic signal was also bent and bus shelters overturned. Also, police squads were damaged during the course of the night. And there were reports of looting.

disturbance3According to police, at least three arrests were made in the area of Sherman and Auer -- where the violence all began.

"This brings us to tears," Maxine Jeter said. "It's too much."

The violence came after a 23-year-old Milwaukee man was shot and killed by a police officer following a traffic stop near 44th and Auer around 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Two suspects fled from the stopped vehicle and a foot pursuit ensued.

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During the chase, an officer shot the 23-year-old man who was armed with a handgun, according to authorities.

"He (officer) ordered that individual to drop his gun, the individual did not drop his gun," Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said. "He had the gun with him and the officer fired several times."

The man, identified by his father as Sylville Smith, died at the scene. It's unclear whether the second occupant of the car is in police custody.

Smith was shot twice -- in the arm and chest, the mayor said. His handgun was stolen during a burglary in Waukesha in March, according to police.

"The victim of that burglary reported 500 rounds of ammunition were also stolen with the handgun," police said in a statement.

Officer-involved shooting near 44th & Auer

Officer-involved shooting near 44th & Auer

The officer, 24, was assigned to District 7 and has six years of service with the Milwaukee Police Department -- three of those as an officer.

He was not injured and will be placed on administrative duty during the investigation and subsequent review by the district attorney's office.

At the time of the shooting, he was wearing a body camera, Barrett said, adding that it was his understanding that it was operational.

"Our officers are out here taking risks on behalf of the community and making split-second decisions," MPD Assistant Chief William Jessup said.

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By state law, the Wisconsin Department of Justice will lead the investigation.

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The mayor said after the shooting, "Things got out of hand."

Apparently there were individuals who were using social media to let others know they should congregate in the area. That eventually led to a violent disturbance near Sherman and Auer.

At least one automobile was set on fire and destroyed. Two police vehicles had windows broken out. In another instance, an officer was injured when the windshield on his squad was broken. The officer was taken to the hospital with a head injury.

Then, police say the BP gas station located at Sherman and Burleigh was set on fire.

Fires were also set at Jet Beauty at 35th and Fond du Lac, the BMO Harris Bank at 36th and Fond du Lac, the O'Reilly Auto Parts store at Fond du Lac and Burleigh and MJM Liquor at Fond du Lac and North.

A traffic signal was also bent and bus shelters overturned.

What remains after unrest near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

What remains after unrest near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

What remains after unrest near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

What remains after unrest near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

Jet Beauty

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O'Reilly Auto Parts set on fire

O'Reilly Auto Parts set on fire

Fire at liquor store near Fond du Lac & Meinecke

Fire at liquor store near Fond du Lac & Meinecke

When Mayor Barrett spoke late Saturday, he was clearly upset by everything that had transpired.

"We are asking every resident of this community to do everything they can to help us restore order. If you're a mother who is watching this right now, and your young son or daughter is not home, and you think they're in this area, get them home right now," Barrett said. "This is a serious situation -- and this is a neighborhood that has unfortunately been affected by violence in the past."

The mayor continued by saying, "There are a lot of really, really good people who live in this area, in the Sherman Park area, who can't stand, like any of us, can't stand this violence."

"The black people of Milwaukee are tired. They're tired of living under this oppression. This is their existence," Alderman Khalif Rainey said.

"Our community is in pain," Alderman Russell Stamper said.

Deputies with the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office were on the scene with MPD assisting with this situation. Wisconsin State Patrol troopers assisted on the freeway to allow those patrol deputies to be on the moving scene.

Police said they were restoring order early Sunday and "reducing deployments."

Local officials planned to meet with church and community leaders Sunday to discuss ways to move forward.

The officer-involved shooting occurred near the scene of a double homicide that happened this month. In the related attacks August 9th, a man was shot dead while another one was fatally stabbed, police said.

"This is a neighborhood that has unfortunately been affected by violence in the recent past," Barrett said. "I know this neighborhood very very well. And there are a lot of really really good people who live in this area -- in the Sherman Park area, who can't stand this violence."

Mayor Barrett indicated that Police Chief Ed Flynn was not at the overnight news conference because there had been a death in his family -- and he was in Dallas attending to those matters.

Monitor FOX6 News and FOX6Now.com for updates on this developing story.

51 comments

  • Mark

    oh really Bob? I notice you left out the part where the ‘fleeing’ suspect was armed. and what do you think the chances are that the ARMED suspect was shooting at cops AS he fled?

  • Hal

    Yes, the right thing to do, Bob. The suspect was carrying a semi automatic hand gun LOADED. Who did you want him to shoot?

  • Role Reversal

    I don’t agree with all this violence but if you are going to burn something down don’t do it in your own neighborhood.

    • Mark

      so, basically, you’re telling them not to destroy their own things but to go into another neighborhood and do it to someone else’s.

      • Role Reversal

        Did you miss the part where I said “I don’t agree with all this violence”? But of course you take a small part and dissect it to what you want it to be, and that’s fine. But the point I am trying to make is if you don’t cut off your nose to spite your face. Watch this comment get taken out of context as well.

    • relating

      The problem is that when evolutionists remove a book teaching people to love their neighbors as they love themselves sooner or later we are going to have an evolution of human behavior where many people will hate their neighbor more than they hate themselves.

      The real problem that we are facing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is not that Mrs. Hillary Clinton, President Obama, Democrats or Republicans are bad people. The real problem is that Bible haters and haters of Jesus Christ as the son of God, haters of creation by a God giving us the Ten Commandments, evolutionists and secularists have joined forces in order to take Bible, its moral and its spiritual teachings out of schools. This just looks like Bible haters in the Gaza strip attacking Israel. This is not a matter of being Black, being Muslim or Russians attacking Ukraine. This is just a matter of human beings that have been prevented to learn the teachings of Jesus Christ how we humans should deal with each other.

      It is time that evolutionists such as Bill Nye claiming creationism Is not appropriate for children stop spreading their lies and deception in our American courts; this is because after the theory of evolution took a hold on the minds of many Americans we are evolving into a new nation where many of our young people end up dead by a drug over dose; many others kill each other over the tens of thousands; our world is generating nuclear bombs that could kill hundreds of thousands individuals in any given day.

      On the other hand, this nation has an Amish population that is not educated beyond an 8th grade. During their education they read the Bible and the Lord’s Prayer every day. However, with population of 250,000 the number Amish individuals killing each other per year is practically zero, the number of them being jailed for robbery is something almost unheard of.

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  • angel

    Many families out of work due to this ignorant. Black lives dont matter, my black people just killed 5 black individuals last night. now you guys want to riot because of a police shooting. He shouldn’t have a gun in the first place. yall tearing down yall own community and yall hurting families in the midst of it.

  • SICKOFITALL

    Exactly, I agree. Put a gigantic steel wall up, specifically around the problem areas to contain all the hate, anger, and violence. No cops, no media. Just let em go at it, no holds barred. So sick of all this nonsense. Why is so much air time being wasted on this crap. Stop giving these idiots the attention they are looking for, & maybe horrific events such as this wouldn’t be occurring quite so frequently. The media is fueling more fires with so much airtime and attention. Let these fools find their 5 minutes of fame without help from the media.

  • SICKOFITALL

    SO I just typed all that for nothing? Why can’t we be heard? Why are comments disappearing at all? Wow!

    • SICKOFITALL

      There were 19 comments just a few minutes ago, now there are only 9 comments? …not a single one had cussing or disrespect in any form. Fox 6, could you please answer the question as to why they are being removed?

  • John Michael Welsh

    This was created by generations of welfare, paying mothers to have babies, the fathers realized they could have sex make a baby and face no consequence or responsibility, Uncle Sam will pay for it. many black youth are brought up in the ghetto and have no role model. Welfare has ruined the black family unit.

  • Role Reversal

    I agree black people have to take responsibility for a lot of the things going on in their community. But saying that White people have nothing to do with this situation is just idiotic.

  • Role Reversal

    This is a great comment! Thanks for reconizing that there are good people who live in this community. It might be a few but there are good Americans who stay in the area.

  • Jrsp

    Very often the way to avoid getting killed by law enforcement is to follow their orders. Pretty simple when it comes down to it.

  • FoodForThought

    THE OFFICER SHOOTING IS WHAT DID THIS?!?!?!?! What about the night before when 5 people were killed NOT by police? No one went nuts and did all this crap! I guess since it’s ok for people to wipe each other out at alarming rates we should pull the police out of Milwaukee and just let everyone else take care of each other since it’s ok for people to kill people and not for police to shoot someone with a GUN a stolen one none the less.

    Barret needs to move his ass over to 35th and North and live the life style over there then maybe we will see his lilly ass finally do something, instead of just looking like an idiot and sounding like an idiot.

    It’s the crap like this when in 5-10 years when Milwaukee is either like Detroit or worse than Detroit people are finally going to try and do something when it’s to flipping late. No wonder why people are moving out of the city at a fast rate no one wants to live in a city like this NO ONE!

    • marie

      To all you thugs out there why don’t you grow up. If you have any kids I feel sorry for them . stop your stupid ways and there will not be any violence. Better yet, take your selves out everything stops .

  • Apparently black lives don't matter?

    And the violent ghetto thugs yet again prove their intelligence by burning down black-owned businesses (Guess black lives don’t matter?).. businesses that brought jobs and money into their neighborhood. Next they’ll complain about the “lack of jobs”, seek government assistance and cry about the crime rate, all while blaming white people for their own situations somehow. I’m sure the thug-loving libturds at FOX6 will remove this comment since they don’t like anything that doesn’t fit within their narrow-minded liberal frame of mind.

  • Z

    This is domestic terrorism.

    Stop coddling these animals and label them for what they are, terrorists, and BLM is a terrorist organization.

    • Apparently black lives don't matter?

      Exactly! They are a racist, Terrorist organization and should be labeled as such. If you had a bunch of skinheads out there yelling about attacking “all of the blacks” you can bet that they would be arrested and charged with racially-motivated attacks. But every single time BLM fools are arrested, not one of them has ever faced racial-motivated-assault charges. Why is that? That is what happens when you leave liberals in charge of the judicial system, they only think that racism goes one-way.

      • Nate

        I totally agree with you on the whole BLM movement. If it were white folk (or as the previous thug that’s screen name is – crakkka hater (notice the 3 consecutive letters he included) that we’re having a rally, it’d be shut down before it even got started). If they got a job (education first), then they wouldn’t have time to go steal from businesses (no matter the color of the owner). Hopefully the National Guard comes in and reigns terror down on these wild animals.

  • Julie Hollenbach

    Too bad out Government won’t let the police do their job. They just let the animals ruin everything. Our Government is disgusting bunch of libtard idiots. I hope the next violence come to thier hones so they can get a taste of what the few good folks are having to deal with

  • creamnpeaches33

    Mayor Barrett called out to the (“MOTHERS”). Well, as a black woman, where in the hell are the so-called fathers, of these wild kids. Many of our black men are WORTHLESS. You should go and hide your f…k’in faces in shame. You have left our black mothers to deal with these buck wild kids, that don’t give a damn about anything or anyone. And black women, you have contributed to these WORTHLESS BLACK MEN, by enabling this mess.

  • J johnson

    He holds a gun at a cop.cop shots . criminal shot dead case closed.what is right is wrong .what’s wrong is right..No more reset button with me.they are anti social animals.

  • OMG

    It amazes me to no end how Mayor McCheese and the DA release as many of these criminals as possible and then act surprised when this happens. Actually, up until this, the two doofuses kept insisting Milwaukee doesn’t have a crime problem. I also can’t believe it has escaped the media’s attention that the BP fire (at the least) was a revenge fire. This is the same location that was being harassed by youth all summer and then in July, an employee fired into the air to disperse a “group” of them. Instead of the parents saying, “why was my son out there at night causing trouble?” they scream at the owner. Now, when the opportunity arose, they target that store and burn it down. The owner, Mr. Singh, won’t rebuild there because of this but, the pastor on TV last night was whining about lack of jobs for the community…well genius, there’s one less job opportunity for your community. Poor Mr. Singh is caught in a bad situation and was clearly trying to avoid any more trouble at his other locations by claiming it must have been “outsiders” that came in to burn his business down. Yeah, sure, “outsiders”……..(sigh)…….hope the police stay safe tonight.

  • johnny

    It’s clear that those who participated in the burning of businesses and cars and attacking officers were not protesters but rioters and criminals .
    This went way beyond, just getting out of hand.

  • marie

    I raised s son by myself and he never got into trouble he respected the law, graduated school, been on his own since he was 18 and is noe in his 30’s . those idiots who burn down businesses are just plain out thugs cause their mother’s did not raise them right . to all you mother’s out there who raised uneducated thugs , pat yourself on the back for a job well done . to all you thugs out there, you do not know what it is to be decent humans.

  • relating

    The real problem that we are facing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is not that Mrs. Hillary Clinton, President Obama, Democrats or Republicans are bad people. The real problem is that Bible haters and haters of Jesus Christ as the son of God, haters of creation by a God giving us the Ten Commandments, evolutionists and secularists have joined forces in order to take Bible, its moral and its spiritual teachings out of schools. This just looks like Bible haters in the Gaza strip attacking Israel. This is not a matter of being Black, being Muslim or Russians attacking Ukraine. This is just a matter of human beings that have been prevented to learn the teachings of Jesus Christ how we humans should deal with each other.

    It is time that evolutionists such as Bill Nye claiming creationism Is not appropriate for children stop spreading their lies and deception in our American courts; this is because after the theory of evolution took a hold on the minds of many Americans we are evolving into a new nation where many of our young people end up dead by a drug over dose; many others kill each other over the tens of thousands; our world is generating nuclear bombs that could kill hundreds of thousands individuals in any given day.

    On the other hand, this nation has an Amish population that is not educated beyond an 8th grade. During their education they read the Bible and the Lord’s Prayer every day. However, with population of 250,000 the number Amish individuals killing each other per year is practically zero, the number of them being jailed for robbery is something almost unheard of.

    • Klaatu

      Exactly!!! ‘THINGS GOT OUT OF HAND’????? Are you effing kidding me?? This was a riot and destruction of property initiated by nothing less than domestic terrorists. Stop pandering to these criminals, grow a set, get a police chief that isn’t from a comic strip and enforce law and order…………….and then you wonder why we have a segregated city. No self respecting farmer wants to live in a barnyard where the $h!t never gets cleaned up.

  • Tracy

    This has nothing to do with white vs black. These idiots are doing it to themselves. Looks at the facts and not the emotions. Stop ruining other people’s lives because you are selfish. If you want to make a difference become a value to society, not trash.

  • Had ENOUGH!

    They should’ve been out celebrating this turd was shot down. One less cockroach in their neighborhood.

  • F

    I don’t get what they were trying to accomplish other than showing people what racist animals they are. A cop comes to stop a repeat criminal has to shoot or be shot. He defends himself and because he didn’t let the criminal go or let him shoot the cop. Now these racist animals are going to burn down hard working businesses that didn’t have anything to do with it. Attack white people that had nothing to do with it. For what because another criminal is off the streets and can’t hurt someone else.

  • Concerned about what people do to themselves

    Since the 1950’s Milwaukee has been run by Socialists or Democrats whose policies have caused this mess we have right not. Alderman Khalif Rainey blames the system. The thing is.HE’S PART OF THE SYSTEM. And the people who vote in the same people and think things will change don’t get it. You can’t keep the status quo and get different results. Mayor Barrett was elected in 2004. What’s changed since then? Other than things getting worse? What is his answer to this? Build a trolley around town. Patrick Lucy, a Democratic governor of Wisconsin, during his tenure expanded welfare. His plan went so far as to let people claim welfare with no work requirement. 1000’s of people moved into Wisconsin, settled in Milwaukee to collect Free money. Why Milwaukee? It’s only a bus ride away from collection places. Mayor Norquist hated freeways. The only community in the U.S. to actually tear down a part of a freeway. Until the Bucks did anything that land sat like an eyesore. Nobody did anything with it. Milwaukee needs an overhaul that won’t happen as long as the people voting want to do nothing but complain and keep voting in the same people who do nothing for them. The same thing will happen nationally if Hillary gets in office. Nothing will change, in fact things will get worse. She’s already thrown Obama under the bus by saying things need to change, because they’ve been bad for years. She’s talking about the past 7 years…and who was President and Secretary of State? Do something different and better yourself in November, Milwaukee…Surprise the world and voted Republican..Try it once. You’ve taken the past 50 years of this crap, time to change for sure.

  • Nigel Gates

    Amazing what these BLM terrorists can do to further their cause. The thing is even if BLM deny having anything to do with this they’ve already demonstrated that this is what they want, they even have anniversary bashes so that this kind of thing doesn’t happen just once, look at Ferguson for proof. The worst part is that the guy they shot was an armed criminal and they were defending themselves, this suggests that as far as BLM are concerned the police don’t have that right and as one of their founders stated that anyone who says all lives matter is a racist we know that without doubt BLM are nothing more than a racist terrorist group that willingly incites violence.

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