Look: Former Milwaukee Cop Who Fatally Shot Sylville Smith Charged

Look: Former Milwaukee Cop Who Fatally Shot Sylville Smith Charged

Dominique Heaggan-Brown faces one count of first-degree reckless homicide.

Published December 17, 2016

Sylville Smith died at the hands of former Milwaukee police officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown and will now face one count of first-degree reckless homicide, according to Buzzfeed.

In August, the 23-year-old Smith was shot to death triggering two days of heated unrest in the Wisconsin city. Police body camera footage shows the interaction between Heaggan-Brown and Smith that would ultimately turn deadly. Smith does supposedly have a long criminal record and was walking around with a gun in his hand when he was shot in the chest and arm.

The video shows Smith slipping to the ground during a foot chase. He then got back up and turned to the officer with the gun still in his hand. That’s when he threw it over a fence. According to a complaint, one shot was fired when Smith’s gun was raised in the air. The second one came when Smith was unarmed.

Dominique Heaggan-Brown is a former police officer not because of the Smith shooting. He was fired from the Milwaukee Police Department after being charged with multiple counts of sexual assault and prostitution in October.

Written by Paul Meara

(Photo: Milwaukee Police via Facebook)


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