Criminal charges filed against man accused of shooting at officers at MPD District 5

NOW: Criminal charges filed against man accused of shooting at officers at MPD District 5

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Criminal charges have been filed against 23-year-old Darreon Parker-Bell, who is accused of shooting at officers inside the Milwaukee Police Department's District 5 station. 

Parker-Bell has been charged with: 

  • One count of attempted first degree intentional homicide, use of a dangerous weapon
  • Seven counts of first degree recklessly endangering safety, use of a dangerous weapon. 

The shooting happened Friday, Feb. 25. A search warrant report says the shooting was in retaliation for the in-custody death of Keishon D. Thomas, who died Wednesday, Feb. 23 at District 5. 

Parker-Bell admitted to investigators to possessing a handgun and firing it up to three times in the lobby of District 5. He indicated he bought the handgun from an individual several weeks prior. Parker-Bell told authorities he was not well mentally as a result of hardships in his life, particularly the death of Thomas. 

In the complaint, Parker-Bell indicated he intended to enter the police station armed with a gun and once inside, he became angry when he could not receive any information about Thomas' death.

"We wouldn't think he would do something like this. Darreon is sweet and caring," said Angel Harrell, Parker-Bell's girlfriend.

Parker-Bell allegedly admitted to repeatedly firing his gun, knowing a police officer was directly in front of him and other civilians were in the lobby and several staff members were working nearby. 

"We encourage our officers and front staff to wear their vest. Also we have extended that to civilians. This shooting situation harmed more than just our officers, we have civilian staff who do deserve that type of environment," said Milwaukee Police Chief Jeffrey Norman.

Parker-Bell told authorities he was hoping the police would return fire and end his life. 

Parker-Bell fled the police station after shooting on foot through the nearby residential area. Several MPD officers pursued him as he allegedly brandished his firearm toward them. Parker-Bell refused to follow police commands to drop his weapon, the complaint says, and officers subsequently shot him. He was taken to a hospital for treatment. 

"It was an impulse decision. He didn't think before doing it," said Harrell. "Everyone reaches their breaking point and that was his breaking point."

No officers were injured in the incident. 

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