Police: Man died ‘for reasons unknown’ after fight with dog walker, no charges issued

MILWAUKEE — Charges will not be issued following a fight on the streets of downtown Milwaukee that happened early Tuesday morning, July 17. One person died following the fight. The deceased has been identified as 28-year-old Santonio Rogers.

Police say Rogers was found dead on a sidewalk near Wells Street and Old World Third Street around 3:40 a.m.

Police said shorty after 3:30 a.m., a man was walking his dog, and he was approached by Rogers. That’s when things went awry. A fight ensued, and that is when Rogers died.

Police said Rogers, “died for reasons unknown at this time, and it was not the result of the battery.”

His death will be classified as a sudden death.

Police said the man who was walking his dog stayed on scene and admitted to fighting off the aggressor, causing some visible injury; however, not to the point of death as was initially thought.

Death investigation near Wells and Old World Third Street in Milwaukee

He was arrested, but charges were not issued due to self-defense.

This decision was made after a full investigative review was done by the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office.