The officer who shot and killed Sylville Smith during a foot pursuit with the Milwaukee Police has been identified as Officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown.
During the afternoon of August 13, two uniformed police officers stopped two suspects in a car in the 3200 block of N. 44th Street. The moment they were stopped, the suspects, including 23-year-old Sylville Smith, fled on foot. As the officers chased after them, Smith was shot by one of the officers, identified as Brown. At the time of the incident, Smith was armed with a semiautomatic handgun. The suspect died on the scene.
Brown is not your typical police officer. For starters, before he got into law enforcement, he was a rapper who went by two names in the industry: Lil Nique and KB Domo. According to his profile at the 2much Talent & Music Showcase, Smith was involved in the music scene since he was 11. He spent his childhood in Rockford, Illinois before eventually moving to Milwaukee.
In the past, Smith founded a music group known as Young World Order. When he was younger, he did an opening act for a rapper called Young Black when he was only 13. Smith pursued his rap music career while going to school and working a full-time job.
For his music, he traveled to Beloit, Waukesha, Rockford, Chicago, Atlanta and Pewaukee to perform. According to 2Much Talent & Music Showcase, Smith performed music for all kinds of crowd, whether it be pop, children, adults or females.
According to a report from Fox News, Brown started his career with the Milwaukee Police Department in 2010 when he became a police aide. From there, he made his way up to probationary officer in 2013. His probationary period was extended for 97 days back in 2014. Around this time, he posted on Twitter, “If your not comfortable with a pistol, its not worth having it, so use it play wit err chance u get so when its time u ready.” The account had been closed a few days after the shooting.