Stolen car bounty hunter facing felony charges for shooting of two teenagers

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A man accused of shooting at two teens during a road rage incident in Milwaukee Tuesday night, July 27, had an initial court appearance Sunday afternoon, Aug. 1.

Thirty-five-year-old Jerod Brumfield, who is also known as Ace Smith and a stolen car bounty hunter in Milwaukee, is facing felony charges for allegedly shooting at a car that resulted in the injury of a 19 and 17-year-old.

Brumfield could be facing more than 100 years in prison. He appeared shocked in court Sunday, and started crying when he heard the charges.

They include:

  • First degree reckless injury with use of a dangerous weapon (two counts) 
  • First degree recklessly endangering safety with use of a dangerous weapon (three counts) 
  • Second degree recklessly endangering safety 

Attorney Grant Huebner with the State of Wisconsin went over how the road rage incident played out.

"This case results from the victims driving around throwing eggs at cars. A couple of them hit the defendant's car. He chases them down in the allegation, rams their car and fires shots into the rearview. One of those shots goes through the trunk through the rear seat and through the hand of one of the victims and into the spine of a 17-year-old girl who is now paralyzed," said Huebner.

Brumfield also has a no weapons order and a written no contact order with the victims.

Family of the 17-year-old victim, Toniah Williams, gathered for a vigil Saturday where they expressed their pain and anger about the incident. Williams remains hospitalized at Children's Wisconsin.

"Our child is in the hospital and in very serious condition by someone that should not have been allowed to do even what they're doing," said Anthony Madison, Williams' grandfather.

"She's fighting and she is gonna continue to fight and I need everybody in the community to fight for her and get the animals off the street that did that to her," said DeDe Rogers, Williams' mother.

Williams told police she yelled out to Brumfield that the Hyundai they were driving wasn't stolen, since Brumfield locates and chases down stolen cars for work.

Williams, a basketball player, said she saw one gunshot, ducked down, and was hit by a second round.

"Because of your actions Brumfield, this young lady might not be able to fulfill her dream, and go to college and become an NBA, WNBA basketball player," said family friend Corey Kirkwood.

Brumfield's charges carry a maximum sentence of over 120 years in prison.

The court ordered Brumfield held on $150,000 cash bail. He has not entered a plea to the charges yet.

He does not have a prior criminal record, however, in 2019 he had a domestic violence restraining order filed against him that included a prohibition on possessing any firearms.

Court records show that prohibition remains in place until 2023.

He will make another court appearance at his preliminary hearing on Aug. 10.

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