MILWAUKEE (AP) — A woman has identified her 23-year-old son as the man fatally shot by Milwaukee police.
Mildred Haynes told The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/2aW6oE6 ) that her son, Sylville Smith, was killed Saturday in a police shooting that triggered explosive protests on the city’s north side.
Haynes says Smith, who was black, had a 2-year-old son.
Police say Smith fled during a traffic stop and was armed. It’s unclear whether he pointed a gun at officers.
The Journal Sentinel reported Smith was charged last year in a shooting and was later charged with pressuring the victim to withdraw testimony that identified him as the gunman. Both felony charges were later dropped for reasons that are unclear.
A Milwaukee police spokesman didn’t immediately respond to messages seeking confirmation of Smith as the suspect.