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Eugene Patterson

Eugene Patterson

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — 45-year-old Eugene Patterson of Milwaukee faces two criminal counts for his alleged role in the shooting death of Willie Woods Jr. on Sunday, April 12th.

Woods, 22,  was shot shortly before 8 p.m. in a neighborhood on Milwaukee’s northwest side. He died at the scene.

Patterson is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and possession of a firearm by a felon.

According to the criminal complaint, Patterson and Woods were with several others grilling out on that Sunday evening. Patterson told officers Woods was “making statements that were mumbled and not entirely discernible, though Patterson stated that he took them as being negative or threatening in some way.”

The complaint indicates Patterson told Woods to “leave him alone,” but Woods “advanced and started to push or point into Patterson’s forehead.” That’s the point when Patterson told investigators he “retrieved the revolver out of his right front pants pocket. He told Woods to back away. Woods nonetheless advanced and Patterson discharged the revolver twice in a downward direction. Two shots struck Woods — and he later died.

If convicted on the homicide charge, Patterson faces up to life in prison.

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  • ltmedic

    Another case of a felon with a gun! This proves once again that no matter how many gun laws there are the CRIMINAL does not care or follow!

    • So Sue Me

      If he wasn’t a felon, the story would have never made the news!! There are plenty of crimes taking place by people who are not felons that you will not hear of.

  • Mr. Bob

    Patterson is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and possession of a firearm by a felon.
    Sorry mayor mccheese he isn’t a conceal carry permit holder…

  • chris

    I wonder how many will bite the dust this weekend. Weather permitting we might beat last week’s record.

    • ltmedic

      Rose tell it to the Black Brothers, lately they are killing each other! All life matters, not just black. This is why there are so many blacks in the prison’s, they keep killing each other.

  • JasonB

    this is getting comical now. me and my buddies are playing a game we started back in January, how many killings will there be in Milwaukee each month? I won the month of march. we play for bottles of scotch and it is such a great game, just like the blacks think it is all just a game

  • edward

    I cant imagine having a family cookout end in someone killing another person. this is just unreal. where do these people get their values from? I just don’t get it. EXTREMELY animalistic.

  • Moses

    we saved them from their own kind. they were enslaving and killing them there until we shipped em over to America to save them, and eventually free them


    That was really stupid. What possess them to shoot another human being without cause. It only points to one thing the dude down their got’s their name written in his book. He may be sittin in da pen for a while, but when he gets done he be nashing his teeth and roasting in hell for ever and ever.

  • wth

    So he pushed on his forehead with his finger and was shot. Sounds like something out of buggs bunny and daffy duck. I would like to do a correlation between fatherless felons and stupid felons. I’m sure the data is out there.. We needs to know…

  • Dan G

    notice how almost all the violent acts have a common thread of a firearm the possession of a felon? Gun laws do NOT need to be changed because criminals don’t obey laws.

  • 2ECOND

    “If convicted on the homicide charge, Patterson faces up to life in prison” 2 things here, 1st, IF convicted, 2nd you can bet he wont be getting life in prison. I’m gonna say 3 years prison 5 years probation

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