Prosecutors Will Charge Milwaukee Officer For Fatal Shooting

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office shows Milwaukee police officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown, who has been charged with reckless homicide in the Aug. 13, 2016, shooting death of Sylville Smith according to online court records Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016. Heaggan-Brown shot Smith, who is also black, following a traffic stop on the city's north side. The shooting sparked two nights of riots in the city. (Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

This undated file photo provided by the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office shows Milwaukee police officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown, who has been charged with reckless homicide in the Aug. 13, 2016, shooting death of Sylville Smith. (Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office via AP, File)

A criminal complaint charging a former Milwaukee police officer with reckless homicide in the fatal shooting of a black man says the man was unarmed when the officer fired the shot that killed him. Dominique Heaggan-Brown, who is also black, is charged with reckless homicide in the August shooting death of Sylville Smith.

The criminal complaint says police body-camera footage shows that Heaggan-Brown’s first shot came when Smith was raising a handgun. It hit Smith in the arm. The complaint says the gun then flew out of Smith’s hand and over a nearby fence. It says Smith was on the ground, unarmed and had his hands near his head when Heaggan-Brown shot him a second time in the chest.

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Milwaukee County Sheriff shows Sylville K. Smith. Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel said Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, that the fatal police shooting of Smith on Aug. 13 in Milwaukee that sparked two nights of violence was recorded by two body cameras. Schimel says the videos won't be released until after the county prosecutor decides whether to charge the officer. (Milwaukee County Sheriff via AP, File)

This undated file photo provided by the Milwaukee County Sheriff shows Sylville K. Smith. (Milwaukee County Sheriff via AP, File)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Family members of Sylville Smith gather where he was shot and killed by Milwaukee police in Milwaukee, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016. Police in Milwaukee say a black man whose killing by police Saturday touched off arson and rock-throwing was shot by a black officer after turning toward him with a gun in his hand. Wisconsin's governor, meanwhile, has put the National Guard on standby in case of more violence Sunday night. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Family members of Sylville Smith gather where he was shot and killed by Milwaukee police in Milwaukee, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016. Police in Milwaukee say a black man whose killing by police Saturday touched off arson and rock-throwing was shot by a black officer after turning toward him with a gun in his hand. Wisconsin’s governor, meanwhile, has put the National Guard on standby in case of more violence Sunday night. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)