Three suspects charged after fleeing Milwaukee County Sheriff’s deputy, crashing into squad

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Police presence near Howell & Grange

Police presence near Howell & Grange

MILWAUKEE — Three suspects who fled from a Milwaukee County Sheriff’s deputy and eventually crashed their vehicle into his squad near Howell and Grange Avenues on February 25th were charged on Tuesday, March 1st.

The driver, 26-year-old Travis Shields Jr. of Milwaukee, faces four criminal counts:

  • Possession of a firearm by a felon
  • Fleeing or eluding an officer
  • Second-degree recklessly endangering safety (two counts)

If convicted on all counts, Shields faces up to 33 ½ years in prison. Shields has a previous felony conviction for possession of cocaine with intent to deliver.

Travis Shields Jr., Robert Simmons Jr., April Moore

Travis Shields Jr., Robert Simmons Jr., April Moore

27-year-old Robert Simmons Jr. of Milwaukee was a passenger in the car. He faces one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon. That charge carries up to 10 years in prison upon conviction. Simmons has previous felony convictions for first-degree reckless injury and armed robbery.

26-year-old April Moore of Milwaukee was also a passenger. She was charged with a misdemeanor count of obstructing an officer for providing false information. She faces up to nine months in jail if convicted.

Shields made his initial appearance in court on March 2nd. Cash bond was set at $20,000 for Shields. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for March 10th.

Simmons made his initial appearance in court on March 1st. Cash bond was set at $7,500. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for March 10th.

Moore made her initial appearance in court on March 1st. Cash bond was set at $500. Moore will be in court on March 10th for a status conference.

This all began around 10:15 a.m. on February 25th.

Sheriff’s officials say a deputy attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle with expired plates that was driving through a motel parking lot on Howell Avenue.

The vehicle fled, and struck the deputy’s vehicle near Howell and Grange.

Two male occupants jumped from the vehicle. Sheriff’s officials say one (Shields) reached into his waistband as the deputy approached, causing the deputy to fear for his life.

The 46-year-old deputy, with 23 years of service, fired at Shields who displayed a weapon and fled, leaving behind a firearm — a Glock 45.

The second subject (Simmons) ran in another direction, where another deputy arriving to assist jumped from his vehicle, and drew his weapon when the subject reached for a weapon.  Simmons dropped a handgun.  The deputy ordered the man to the ground, and he was arrested at the scene.  

According to the criminal complaint, Simmons said “he ran because he was on papers” — street language for being on supervision with the Department of Corrections. He admitted to being a convicted felon and said his DNA would be on a gun recovered from the vehicle. The complaint says Simmons told officials he was also responsible for heroin recovered from the vehicle.

A perimeter was established and a search was conducted by Milwaukee County Sheriff’s officials, Milwaukee police, and US Marshals for driver of the vehicle, who left his license behind in the car.

Shields was apprehended Thursday afternoon by the US Marshals Task Force when he tried to return to his home.  

The complaint says Shields knocked on the door — only to find law enforcement on the other side. He then backed away as if to run, but was grabbed by officials — pulling away strong enough to rip his jacket before he was taken into custody.

The complaint indicates that Shields gave one version of the events that transpired and when confronted with more facts of the investigation “his demeanor changed markedly.” He said if a firearm that was found in the street was tested for fingerprints or DNA, his would be on them, as the gun belonged to the front seat passenger, Moore. He also told investigators his DNA would “probably be on the heroin” recovered from the vehicle.

According to the complaint, investigators learned Shields and Moore lived together, and have a child in common. The complaint says Moore indicated she was picked up by Simmons on February 25th, and indicated there was no one seated in the front passenger seat of the vehicle, but squad car dash cam video showed that Moore was seated in the front passenger seat during this investigation. Moore did not identify Shields as the driver in this incident, according to the complaint.

Both of the weapons the two male suspects had were recovered.

Sheriff’s officials tell FOX6 News there were no shots fired at deputies during this incident.

The complaint indicates that a loaded Glock 9 mm semi-automatic firearm was found in plain view on the floor board behind and under the front passenger seat in the vehicle. Officials recovered 2.1 grams of heroin in an open console, a wallet with Shields’ ID and about $800 in cash, and apparent marijuana from the vehicle.

A gun case for the Glock 45 found in the street was found at a home where Shields and Moore lived, according to the complaint, along with identifiers for Shields and Moore.

No one was hurt in this incident.

Wisconsin State Patrol officials assisted with freeway patrol while deputies were diverted to the scene of the search.


Southbound traffic on Howell Avenue was shut down as this investigation took place.


  • Fred

    I should print this story and post it up on my wall with maximum penalties highlighted.
    Next year some time, after a plea deal, we’ll be reading:
    Shields will get 3 years in prison with credit for time served and 5 years probation instead of the max 33.5 years in prison.
    Simmons will get 5 years probation with time served instead of ten years in prison.
    Moore will get 1 year probation (no time served, she’ll be out on signature bond) instead of 9 months in jail.

    • adrastus

      OK, here we have examples of “adults” with a child-like brain. No education but have still aged. Victims of being NON RAISED with any qualities or morals.
      Latent learning occurs in humans. Children may learn by watching the actions of their parent(s) but only demonstrate it at a later date, when the learned material is needed. For example, suppose that LaQuon’s Dad Aunt, drives to the liquor store every day and mean mugs the clerk while stealing a 24oz. Old E. In this way, LaQuon learns the route from his house to the liquor store and how to act, but he’s never driven there himself or stolen anything, so he has not had a chance to demonstrate that he’s learned the way. One morning Laquon’s Mom has to leave early to go get some blunts, so she can’t drive Laquon anywhere. Instead, LaQuon remembers the route to the liquor store and goes on his stolen bike. This demonstrates latent learning. Laquon had learned the route to the liquor store and how to steal/rob it, but had no need to demonstrate this knowledge earlier because of his Aunt, Mom, or who ever are raisingthese animals.

  • Sickoflosers

    Shame on our judges for not throwing the book at these repeat felons. 3 strikes and your out….. Which means just back out on the streets to commit more crimes. These losers just keep getting more opportunities to prove they are nothing more than worthless thugs who contribute nothing positive to society.

    • Fred

      Gotta have a job to get Huber – Oh, I guess the State recognizes that stealing is their job and doesn’t prosecute them, so you’re right, they’ll be out on the streets all day.

  • Manny

    Feel sorry for them for trying to get ahead in this democratic administration. They shouldn’t go to jail and rot with three squares, show some mercy. Best solution for felons is a quick hanging at red arrow park.

  • ubiquitous libertarian king of beavis

    dats halfs my family in jail! the other half is already dead of course.

  • libertarian

    Why are the police chasing? Putting lives at risk these poor people were only trying to get away to try and make better lives for themselves. By chasing and imprisoning people is not the way to rehabilitate people. The conservatives just want to lock all the underprivileged minorities up and throw away the key every time. That is not going to happen anymore after this election! Hillary and the Democrats will help us build strong inner city youth and give them what they deserve mostly what conservatives have taken from them for decades. These people are entitled to the same rights as wealthy people who need to and will start paying their fare share!

    • supra et ultra

      Hey liberal anarchist trash !!!! You’re joking right? These “people” have or don’t know who their momma is. They don’t “throw away the key” because it’s a revolving door of justice. These are criminals you nimrod. Your hype will not work with me, it’s too obvious you’re being sarcastic.

    • supra et ultra

      an accomplice of a HAWKER, gambler, or swindler who acts as an enthusiastic customer to entice or encourage others. In this case to cause a stir with dumb remarks.

  • Chrisco

    I have a solution. It is going to sound cold. Fence off the north side. Then empty the county jail with all residents of that area. Then sarin gas it.

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