Man fatally shot by 3 Milwaukee police officers identified
Milwaukee police say the officers shot the man just before 4 p.m. near 27th and Wright. A person called 911 saying a person had a gun and was pointing it at people. Officers told him to put the gun down but he refused. He shot at police and three officers fired back.
MPD says they tried -- unsuccessfully -- to save his life. Shelton died near the gas station's door.
"They were coming and they were getting their guns and trying to shoot, when he was already shooting at the police. They got closer and shot some more. He fell. Then I seen them trying to resuscitate him," Erica Young said. She lives with her four children across the street from the gas station.
"The fact that you had three different officers who felt there's a danger there, I think shows how serious it was," Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said.
Shelton's last address is Bell Therapy-Thurston group home on Milwaukee's north side. A worker confirmed he hasn't been there in a month and stopped taking his medication. Clark gas station employees said he often asked customers for money but never caused any problems.
"I give him $1 sometimes, everybody did. He's known. He's cool. He was slow sometimes but he wasn't a danger to society," Charles Reed said. He lives near the scene.
No one else was hurt during the incident. Police said the man's gun was recovered.
The Milwaukee Investigative Team and the Wauwatosa Police Department are continuing the investigation.
The shooting created a lot of tension in this community, which increased hours later as police held a news conference.
The victim's brother, Ella Jones, does not believe he had a gun.
"That ain't him. I don't believe that. They're going to have to show me something for me to believe that my brother went and did something like that, like shooting at the police," said Jones.
The three officers involved in the shooting each have more than four years on the force.
They've been placed on routine administrative duty as outside agencies investigate.