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