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Three Suspects Charged in Officer-Involved Shooting Near Airport

The three subjects who fled from a deputy and eventually crashed their vehicle into his squad near Mitchell International Airport on February 25 were charged today, according to Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office.

The driver, Travis Shields Jr., age 26, of Milwaukee, faces four counts: Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, Fleeing or Eluding an Officer, and two counts of Second Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety.  If convicted on all counts, Shields faces up to 33 ½ years in prison.  Shields has previous felony convictions for First Degree Reckless Injury and Armed Robbery.

Passenger Robert Simmons Jr., age 27, of Milwaukee, faces one felony count of Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, which carries up to ten years in prison upon conviction.  Simmons has a previous felony conviction for Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Deliver.

Passenger April Moore, age 26, of Milwaukee, was charged with a misdemeanor count of Obstructing an Officer for providing false information, and faces up to 9 months in jail.

Two male suspects jumped from the vehicle.  One subject reached in his waistband as the deputy approached, causing the deputy to fear for his life, according to Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department. 

The second subject ran in another direction, where another deputy arriving to assist jumped from his vehicle, and drew his weapon when the subject reached for a weapon.  The subject dropped a handgun. 

The deputy ordered the man to the ground, and he was arrested at the scene. 

A perimeter was set up and a search conducted by Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office, Milwaukee Police Department, and US Marshals for driver of the vehicle, who left his license behind in the car.  He was apprehended earlier this afternoon by the US Marshals Task Force when he tried to return to his home. 

State Patrol assisted with freeway patrol while deputies were diverted to the scene of the search.

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