Man charged in MPD District 5 shooting pleads not guilty

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The man charged with opening fire inside Milwaukee Police District 5 back in February was in court Thursday morning, April 14. 

The attorney for 23-year-old Darreon Parker-Bell entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.

Parker-Bell faces charges of attempted first degree intentional homicide and first degree recklessly endangering safety. 

A search warrant report says the shooting was in retaliation for the in-custody death of Keishon Thomas, who died at District 5 days prior.

According to a criminal 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.

Parker-Bell fled the police station on foot after the shooting, and MPD officers shot him after he allegedly brandished a firearm toward them and refused to follow commands to drop the weapon. 

He was taken to an area hospital for treatment. 

Parker-Bell is due back in court May 26.

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