Suspect Sylville Smith was shot dead by police on Saturday. Milwaukee has since been in a state of civil unrest.
At around 3:30 p.m. on August 13, two uniformed police officers stopped two suspects in a car in the 3200 block of N. 44th Street. Soon after they were stopped, the suspects, including 23-year-old Smith, fled the car on foot. As the officers gave pursuit, Smith was shot by one of them. At that time, the said suspect was armed with a semiautomatic handgun. Smith died at the scene.
According to Milwaukee Police, Smith is a man with a “lengthy arrest record.” Records from the Wisconsin Court System show that he had trouble with law since 2013. Smith had been found guilty of a violation of concealed carry, personal injury/automobile, operating while suspended, speeding on the freeway, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, and possession of open intoxicants in MV-Driver.
At the same time, Smith has a number of dismissed charges including retail theft, possession of THC, 1st-Degree recklessly endangering safety and intimidating witness/person charged/felony.
According to a report from the Journal Sentinel, Smith had called his girlfriend from jail and instructed him to call the victim to tell him to fill out a sworn affidavit that states Smith did not commit the crime. She was also urged to lean on the victim, saying, “Stay on dude.” He further said, “When they get this letter, this *** gone, then my case should be out of here.”
Smith is a father to a two-year-old boy. He was armed with a handgun taken in a burglary when he was shot. The victim of the burglary said that as much as 500 rounds of ammunition were stolen with the handgun.