MILWAUKEE – The Latest on a reckless homicide charge being filed against a Milwaukee police officer who shot and killed a black man in August, sparking two nights of rioting on the city's north side: (all times local):
A Wisconsin prosecutor says he's confident in the case he's bringing against a Milwaukee police officer who shot and killed a black man in August.
Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm filed a reckless homicide charge Thursday against Dominique Heaggan-Brown in the death of 23-year-old Sylville Smith.
A criminal complaint says Smith had a handgun when Heaggan-Brown shot him the first time, but no longer had his gun when Heaggan-Brown fired a second shot into his chest, killing him.
Chisholm says he consulted use-of-force experts before filing the charge.
He spoke after Heaggan-Brown, who was fired in October over an unrelated charge, made his first court appearance Friday. A judge set bail at $100,000.
A former Milwaukee police officer is set to appear in court after being charged with reckless homicide in the slaying of a black man.
Dominique Heaggan-Brown is charged in the Aug. 13 death of 23-year-old Sylville Smith, a shooting that sparked two days of rioting on Milwaukee's north side. His first court appearance is Friday.
Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm said police body-camera video showed that Smith had a gun in his hand when Heaggan-Brown fired a first shot that hit Smith in the bicep. Chisholm said Heaggan-Brown's second shot to Smith's chest came after Smith was down and no longer had a gun. The shots were fired in less than two seconds.
Heaggan-Brown was fired in October after he was accused in an alleged sexual assault.