Milwaukee man charged in Shorewood grocery store shooting that ended in high-speed chase, sentenced
Key also received 4 years' probation on another count.
A Milwaukee man is facing charges in connection to a shooting in a grocery store parking lot followed by a high-speed chase and crash.
Patrick Key, 32, is charged with first-degree reckless injury and two counts fleeing an officer resulting in bodily harm.
Officers responded to the Metro Market on Oakland and Jarvis Street around 6:45 p.m. Sept. 17 and found the shooting victim in a vehicle at the nearby Walgreens with a gunshot wound to the wrist.
According to a criminal complaint, Key had been fighting with the victim earlier in the day. After going their separate ways, the victim went to the grocery store. The complaint says Key contacted the victim while he was at the store and went outside to confront him.
Key allegedly showed the victim a handgun in his waistband before going to "push or hit him." Officials say a struggle ensued, and the victim was able to take the gun from him and put it in his pocket. The complaint says the victim then ran into the grocery store parking garage, tripped, and Key caught him, putting him into a chokehold from behind. Investigators say during this struggle, the gun was knocked free, and Key was able to grab the grip area before pulling the trigger, shooting the victim through his left wrist.
Officers recovered video of part of the incident from Metro Market. Police say a witness also recorded cellphone video in which a gunshot is heard, followed by the victim saying, "you shot me."
Key then allegedly got into a black vehicle and took off.
Responding officers attempted to stop the suspect vehicle and a high-speed chase ensued. The pursuit lasted 8.35 miles, according to the complaint, and had an approximate top speed of 110 mph. Ultimately, the chase ended when the suspect vehicle crashed into another vehicle in front of Reservoir Park on North Avenue.
Officers located Key in the driver's seat of the vehicle with no other occupants. He was taken an area hospital for treatment of injuries. Officers located a 9 mm firearm on Key and a second 9 mm firearm on the passenger side floorboard.
Prosecutors say during the pursuit, Key displayed reckless driving and disregarded several traffic lights and signs.
Two occupants in the vehicle that was struck were taken to Froedtert Hospital for injuries sustained during the crash.
Key is being held on $30,000 bond.
His next court appearance is set for Nov. 22.