Samuel Galarza-DeJesus charged, accused of shooting man in knee after dispute in March

Samuel Galarza-DeJesus

MILWAUKEE — Samuel Galarza-DeJesus, a man accused in a shooting that happened at a Milwaukee gas station, now faces a felony charge in connection with the incident. This, after he had been on the run for several months. Galarza-DeJesus, 22, faces a single charge of first degree reckless injury, use of a dangerous weapon.

The incident happened at a gas station near 16th and Rogers in Milwaukee on Saturday, March 16.

According to the criminal complaint, a man was parked at the gas station waiting for a call from his girlfriend. The complaint says Galarza-DeJesus walked up to the car. The man in the car told police Galarza-DeJesus “was upset and stated in Spanish, ‘You know what you are doing?'” The man told police he did not know what Galarza-DeJesus was talking about — but that Galarza-DeJesus looked like he wanted to fight. Apparently Galarza-DeJesus walked toward the man with a gun in his hand — and hit the man in the head with his gun. The complaint then says Galarza-DeJesus “then fired two shots, striking (the man) in his knee.” After the shooting, Galarza-DeJesus fled the scene — and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Shooting near 16th and Rogers in Milwaukee

Shooting near 16th and Rogers in Milwaukee

Milwaukee police recovered surveillance video that showed this incident. They identified Galarza-DeJesus from the license on his vehicle.

Court records indicate Galarza-DeJesus was taken into custody this month — and then made his initial appearance in court on Saturday, July 20. He is due back in court on July 29 for a preliminary hearing. If convicted on the charge, Galarza-DeJesus faces up to 25 years in prison and $100,000 in fines.

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