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Najee Harmon faces multiple charges in shooting of Wauwatosa detective, bail set at $500K

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MILWAUKEE -- New charges were filed against 20-year-old Najee Harmon on Thursday morning, June 25th in connection with the shooting of a Wauwatosa detective. The charges in the case include three counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Harmon is accused of shooting and wounding Wauwatosa Detective Jeffrey Griffin last Friday morning, June 19th during an incident near 60th and Good Hope in Milwaukee.

60th and Good Hope officer-involved shooting (Wauwatosa detective shot)

60th and Good Hope officer-involved shooting (Wauwatosa detective shot)

In court on Thursday, June 25th, as these new charges were filed against him, a court commissioner set bail at $500,000.

"It`s a high cash bail but I think it's appropriate given the information in front of me," Katharine Kucharski, court commissioner said.

According to the criminal complaint filed against Harmon, officers, including Detective Griffin were investigating a recent burglary that occurred in Wauwatosa. "The officers observed one of the reported stolen vehicles...parked and unoccupied. As the officers observed the vehicle, a male identified as (Harmon) exited a nearby apartment building and entered the driver's seat of the vehicle." The complaint indicates the officers approached the vehicle "effectively blocking it from moving, drew their weapons and ordered the defendant to stop and surrender."

Jeffrey Griffin

Jeffrey Griffin

The complaint indicates Harmon "failed to comply with the officers' repeated commands and began running from the scene. As he did so, he drew a black handgun and pointed it toward the officers. The defendant fired several shots toward the officers." The gunfire struck Detective Griffin. The injuries resulted in "significant internal injuries."

Detective Griffin was taken to Froedtert Hospital, where he had to have surgery. He was listed in serious but stable condition.

Griffin is 51, and a 25-year veteran with the Wauwatosa Police Department.

Numerous casings were recovered from the scene. Shots were fired by police service weapons and from a separate 9mm firearm.

The complaint indicates a witness saw the shooting, and a black firearm in Harmon's hand.

"The witness does not identify the defendant according to the criminal complaint. None of the officers do either. Therefore, I do not think it meets the standard for probable cause," Lisa Procaccio, Harmon's attorney said.

"Within the four corners of this complaint and as alleged, it indicates that this defendant was identified by officers and by the citizen," Kucharski said.

Following the officer-involved shooting near 60th and Good Hope -- a massive manhunt began for the suspect responsible. We did not know his identity initially. First, multiple law enforcement officials from multiple agencies took part in a search of the area surrounding 60th and Good Hope.

Wauwatosa detective shot near 60th & Good Hope

Search for suspect in officer-involved shooting near 60th and Good Hope

Search for suspect in officer-involved shooting near 60th and Good Hope

Search for suspect in officer-involved shooting near 60th and Good Hope

On Friday evening, law enforcement officials were on scene near 12th and Keefe, where they were focused on a home. Eventually, gas was deployed, and tactical officers entered the home -- believing Harmon may have been inside.

Search for Najee Harmon (12th and Keefe)

12th and Keefe -- search for suspect in officer-involved shooting near 60th & Good Hope

He was not.

Later Friday, police released a photograph of Najee Harmon, and his name. He was the most wanted man in Milwaukee as the manhunt entered a second day.

Najee Harmon

Photo of Najee Harmon released by Milwaukee police on Friday, June 19th

Harmon was taken into custody on Saturday -- in the 2500 block of N. 21st Street.

"Officers from the Milwaukee Police Department Fugitive Apprehension Unit searched the home. A Milwaukee K9 found Harmon hiding in the basement," Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn said.

He was arrested without incident.

Najee Harmon arrested (N. 21st Street)

Najee Harmon arrested (N. 21st Street)

Najee Harmon has a record of convictions.

In 2011, Harmon was convicted of disorderly conduct and felony substantial battery after taking part in an attack that left a teenage boy unconscious.

In 2012, Harmon pleaded guilty to and was convicted of felony theft of movable property for videotaping a theft and then grabbing a pair of the victim's headphones.

Armelia Blunt

Armelia Blunt - victim in June 16th armed robbery for which Najee Harmon is charged

On Monday, June 22nd, Harmon and another man were charged in connection with a June 16th armed robbery. It happened in the 5500 block of W. Fond du Lac Avenue in Milwaukee. A criminal complaint indicates Harmon entered a woman's vehicle -- parked in the parking lot, and put a gun to her neck -- demanding the car keys and threatening to shoot her.

The woman told police when she told Harmon she didn't have the keys, he said: "I want all the money or I'm going to shoot you."

The complaint indicates she gave Harmon her wallet and he then exited her vehicle -- jumping into a waiting vehicle -- which fled the scene, according to the complaint.

Bail was set at $20,000 cash in the armed robbery case.

On Tuesday, June 23rd, Harmon was in municipal court in Milwaukee County for two ordinance violations.

Court documents say in August 2014, Harmon slammed his girlfriend onto the floor, choked her and kneed her in the stomach after she tried to break up with him.

Harmon also has a possession of marijuana offense from September 2011.

The criminal complaint related to the shooting of the Wauwatosa detective says because Harmon was previously convicted of substantial battery -- and he was prohibited from possessing a firearm -- Harmon now qualifies for "the habitual criminality penalty enhancer."

Harmon will be in court on July 2nd for his preliminary hearing in connection with this most recent case, and the armed robbery charge.

Monitor FOX6 News and for updates on this developing story.


  • Jeffrey

    See folks, here’s the problem. A felon with a gun. DO YOU UNDERSTAND? This is why the “good guys” need to be armed. Pretty simple equation. Where’s the POTUS and the fake Reverend? Good cop shot by a bad guy gets no national spotlight? Did the POTUS send the DOJ to visit this true hero at the hospital?

    • Joker

      Cop was shot in the line of duty. Not an unfair ending as they know that’s what can happen and they’ve signed up for. Every time a police officer goes out they know it can happen. Unlike 14 y/o girls getting slammed on the ground or 12 y/o boys getting shot within 2 seconds.

      • Joker_is_not_so_smart

        Maybe if certain 14 YO girls did not resist arrest after swearing at and harassing the officer, she didn’t NEED to get bod-slammed. Besides that, you have very skewed understanding of “body slam.” Go watch WWF sometime. I think the more accurate adjective of what happened in that situation would be that the cop WRESTLED the 14 YO to the ground – again while she resisted arrest.

    • Fred

      Maybe my understanding of the definition of the term ‘felony crime’ is skewed…….
      1) a crime sufficiently serious to be punishable by death or a term in state or federal prison, as distinguished from a misdemeanor which is only punishable by confinement to county or local jail and/or a fine. 2) a crime carrying a minimum term of one year or more in state prison, since a year or less can be served in county jail. However, a sentence upon conviction for a felony may sometimes be less than one year at the discretion of the judge and within limits set by statute. Felonies are sometimes referred to as “high crimes” as described in the U. S. Constitution.

      By definition, someone who is convicted of a felony crime is deemed a criminal………
      way to go MPS!

  • sallysue

    A police officer or detective may realize there are risks; however, when certain parts of society go out of their way to target and harm them, that is a huge problem and it should be handled much stronger than other crimes. We depend on the police to protect us. They deserve our respect, not people like Stephanie King, whose kids are friends with Najee, who says “all he did was shoot a cop”, and “he’s a real good kid”. Really?! Why isn’t she locked up after her interview with the media?!

    • sallysue

      Trina, Stephanie King was harboring a criminal. She should have been arrested. Why are you telling me to shut up when I am listing factual information about evil people.

  • sallysue

    She said she saw him while police were looking for him , but because she didn’t think he did anything wrong and she thinks he is a good kid, she didn’t bother to call the police. I say she should have been arrested!

  • M.Marvins

    I’m only here to read the ignorant comments…& there are lots to choose frm! – Thanks For My Daily Entertainment.

    • sallysue

      So M.Marvins, in other words, you are in the camp of “Najee was just about to turn his life around”? Sounds like you are the ignorant one.

  • MH

    Guaranteed he will cry like girl on SENTENCING DAY!!!! This dude already had his second and third chance. Throw away the key for this waste of a human life!!

  • Michele

    Glad that he has been caught. So glad to see that the wounded officer will be ok. This pos needs to be locked up and never released!!


    Let me know if you need to start a Crowdfunder Campaign for that and I will happily contribute.

  • Meisha S

    Thank you MPD for getting this person off of our streets. Its unfortunate that an officer’s life had to be placed in jeopardy for this action, but this is one less criminal in our neighborhood. The inner city is rough, but we can overcome. We can work with law enforcement & get these kinds of people locked up. Great job!


    It is another liberal left democratic failure. The black ghetto mentality is nauseating and they need to be educated that you don’t rob and shoot people or carry guns. Since most of the 12 year old are raised by their 30 year old aunt or grandma and they mother is like 24, they is all childs anyways and acts like it. We need for them to quit breeding out of wedlock and start contributin to society like the rest of us black folk.

  • No bias

    He’s a troubled kid. Now sit up here and say he’s not. I am him just like I’m all the rest of inner city youth whether black white blasian or whatever. who cares. But of course yall gone jump down his back bcuz he looks like Eddie lacey without the packer uniform. Same person different situations none the less. Yall have no clue what he saw as a kid just like I don’t know what the kid who killed all those ppl In Carolina was going thru. But he’s still an angel too. These kids need somebody. All of em. Foh! !!

  • Jim

    Cases like this guy are why the death penalty should be expanded- maybe that way wastes of life like him can be removed from society before they kill someone, without taking the risk of sending them to prison where they’ll just become better criminals. The best way to handle this guy- drag him to death behind a police car. THAT might help the monkeys get the message.

  • s holmes

    Well, one bad one off the streets. I would have prefered he were shot dead…even though black lives are important, sigh.

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