Teen shot, killed by CCW permit holder, while attempting armed robbery: “Picked the wrong guy”

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MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred late Tuesday night, December 27th. The deceased has been identified as 17-year-old Deonte Thomas. It happened in the area near 63rd and Euclid around 10:30 p.m.

Fatal shooting near 64th & EuclidPolice say their preliminary investigation reveals Thomas was attempting to commit a robbery at the time of the shooting and was shot by the 36-year-old Milwaukee man who was being robbed -- who was out walking his dog on Tuesday night.  That man is being questioned by investigators. He has not been arrested, and police say this case will be reviewed by the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office in the coming days.

The man has a concealed carry permit.

Officials also say Thomas' co-actor, an 18-year-old Milwaukee man, was also shot during the altercation. He apparently went to the neighborhood near 24th and Ruby after the incident -- and has since been taken into custody.

63rd and Euclid

63rd and Euclid

Police say he may have been involved in another shooting that occurred there Tuesday night.

Officials say one of the two suspects in this case had a firearm.

"Like I tell you, 13-14 years here and nothing like this has ever happened. It`s a shock to us. How do you explain things like this your kids? Things like this happen..." Gerardo de la Torre, a neighbor said.

63rd and Euclid

63rd and Euclid

"I am stunned. And you know what? Timing is everything. 10:30 is an unusual time on a secluded block and then who would've thought the person had concealed carry? They were looking for trouble and they clearly picked the wrong guy -- because he defended himself," Alderman Mark Borkowski said.

Investigators say the initial investigation has revealed the suspects in this incident may be responsible for an armed robbery that happened near Park Place and Maryland on Milwaukee's upper east side on Tuesday evening.


Mark Borkowski

Mark Borkowski

Milwaukee Alderman Mark Borkowski issued the following statement on this case:

"Last night at about 10 p.m. a man walking his dog near S. 65th St. and W. Euclid Ave. in the 11th District was approached by would-be armed robbers. The man – who has a concealed carry permit for a firearm – pulled out his weapon and shot two of the robbery suspects, killing one of them and wounding the other, who is now in police custody.

"First, this unfortunate incident is a reminder that normally quiet, secluded areas in the city can suddenly turn into targeted crime locations at any time. The block where this occurred is very quiet and residential, and within shouting distance of St. Gregory the Great Parish.

"Second, it is also a reminder that if you decide to go for a walk outside at night, please be sure to wear some sort of reflective clothing, bring a cell phone, and make sure a loved one or friend knows that you are headed out. Be aware of your surroundings, and if you are targeted for a robbery, police say it is usually always the right call to give the crooks what they want (because they will likely flee as soon as you hand it over)."

63rd and Euclid

63rd and Euclid

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  • Gary Hamilton

    Now that’s true justice, our lenient judicial system would have just given that piece of trash a slap on the wrist!

  • Truth Seeker

    YES!!!! Take out the scum bags! True justice! This is what has to be done! Police can not be everywhere! That’ll teach these scumbags!

  • Justice

    Are you replying to me? if so.. I know who the victims/criminals were. This is why I need to a gun.. to protect myself like this man was able to do. There is too much crime in this city.

    • confused

      Justice, no to Fox 6 for saying the shot dead robber was a “victim”. The victim has been identified as 17-year-old Deonte Thomas. NOT a victim. The person being robbed was.

  • Voice of Reason

    This is great news. Less garbage on the streets. Maybe the other thug “actor” will get the point and walk the right line.

  • Justice

    Oh! Gotcha.. yeah how is he a victim? I’ve never noticed how weird fox6 is.. but it’s the media so it figures..

  • confused

    Remember when youth spent Christmas vacation playing new board or video games, skating, sledding, hanging at the mall arcades, trying to get the kitchen cleaned up before mom and dad got home from work, writing that boring book report? Now ya I stole, my brother got shot, my sister got caught pimping, mom went to rehab, dad got locked up (again) the times they are a changing.

  • Opinion8d

    Just read a quote the other day -something like ‘a gun is like a parachute, if you need it and don’t have it, you most likely won’t ever need it again’. Don’t leave home without one.

  • Lashonda

    Oh well. man did what he had to do. let that be a lesson to you triffling criminals. you never know who’s carrying.

  • confused

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    The victim was the person being robbed. The perpetrator(s) was the robber(s).

    DECEMBER 28, 2016 AT 10:40 AM

    Why is this comment awaiting moderation? should I have said the “would be victim” was the one being robbed? When you are shot while committing a crime you are NOT a victim.

  • Fed up-you do something or we will

    Wear reflective clothing? Give them what they want? Maybe we should stand on the corners and donate to these people. Start shooting them and they will learn-our system doesn’t deal with them so we must do it ourselves,you put us in this position. Alderman shame on you-were you ever a crime victim? I don’t think so!


      Fed up: This Brain dead politician was trying to make the point that if these Robbers wear reflective clothing at night they’re easier targets to hit. That’s what he must have meant because anything else would sound stupid. And they’re ain’t no stupid politicians in this City. I saw that too and it was quite amusing.

    • stan

      Must’ve been a misunderstanding. I’m sure the good guy won’t have a problem refunding the thug’s purchase. Just bring back the receipt with your lead!

  • Truckin down on Bourbon Street

    *changing the subject*
    Not everybody has full coverage auto insurance.
    Stop the car jackings.
    Damn it!

  • Wow

    At 17 you should be busy with sports/ school activities, a job, college prep classes, church ( if religious) i never had time for anything, most of my peers either.

  • deletedagain

    Honest people are fighting an uphill battle against crime. The law makers give criminals every chance, people come on these forums to defend criminals and the publishers of these forums delete replies that tell the truth.
    You’d think they would side with the honest people NOT criminals.

  • deletedagain

    Judge a man by the color of his character not the color of his skin. His character is-was a piss poor one.
    Only people of low moral character would defend a criminal.

  • Nope

    That’s the last nail for me, been in this are for over 20 years. Grew up as a kid here. Now not only do I need to move, but I need to take a loss on my home as I am still in the negative without any equity when I purchased it just before the housing crash. That area has large pockets of rental property, that is how scum enter the last remaining “good” and “quite” areas.

  • Bob

    Alderman is an idiot. Read his last sentence; pure drivel. Perps don’t like witnesses; that survivor would be a victim if unarmed.

  • James

    “Usually always”?????

    Either Alder. Borkowski or the MPD are putting the moron in oxymoron.

    It’s too bad Deonte’s life choices were a contributing factor in his premature death, but every situation is different and this man acted reasonably when faced with the likelihood of serious imminent bodily harm.

  • Apu Patel

    Another happy ending. Two more wild simians harvested in a commission of a felony. No word from Al, Jesse or Barry S. I guess the did move out of the country after November 8th.

  • Charles Gov

    Better them dead than their innocent victims…Street justice is often harsh and swift….They what what hey deserved !!

  • ThomasVL

    Let’s hope that the friends and family of the robber and his accomplice don’t try to take revenge on the victim for defending himself, or try to file a wrongful death civil suit. Innocent people can too easily be harassed personally or legally.

    • Yup

      They could try to sue, but it is very difficult when they were committing a violent felony to get a jury to award anything.

  • There's a lesson here

    Glad the victim survived (the actual victim not the deaded perp). An armed society is a polite society.

  • Joe Maisto

    I was thinking the same . Certainly a tough call if he already has his gun pointed at you while demanding your personals. I too have a CCW, but what a decision to make at the moment ! The others will think twice. We should be thanking sheriff Clark as well for his position on matters like this.

  • Al White

    The police say, ” it is usually always the right call to give the crooks what they want (because they will likely flee as soon as you hand it over).” …BS! After they get what they want, they will likely KILL YOU since you can ID them or just for the fun of it!!! He did the right thing. Don’t be a victim.

  • JD Picard

    Every time a thug is shot and killed…
    …ISIS loses another perspective member.
    What do they call it when a thug is killed during a robbery?
    At the kids funeral, I wonder if Westboro Baptist Church shows up to hold their signs up?

  • dick

    Guy should be called a hero! Those crooks would of robbed him and the rest of the city! Im sure there will be a protest soon!

  • Bud

    Yep, just give them what they want and they will go away to do it over and over. Police only show up after the crime has been committed. In some cases only after you are dead. Stay alert, stay armed, practice your mind set and for accuracy.

  • Dick

    Another piece of advice not mentioned was to get your concealed carry permit and carry your firearm with you. Remember (especially in Milwaukee) that if you need a cop, they are only an hour or two away.

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