Sylville Smith was fatally shot by police in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, leading to riots in the city’s North Side. The 23-year-old black man fled from his car during a traffic stop Saturday about 2:30 p.m. He was armed with a stolen gun. It was a semi-automatic gun, and he was equipped with more ammunition than the police officers who confronted him. Smith was fatally shot during a foot pursuit with police.
A search of Wisconsin court records revealed several arrests:
— July 2014: Convicted for carrying a concealed weapon. He pleaded guilty to the charge and was fined $443 and ordered to serve one day in jail.
— His record also includes guilty findings on traffic offenses for speeding, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, possession of open intoxicants in a motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.
— 2015: Charged with intimidating a witness by a person charged with a felony, which is itself a felony offense.
— 2015: Charged with first-degree recklessly endangering safety, a felony, and misdemeanor possession of THC.
— February 2015 was a suspect in a shooting. Smith was accused of calling his girlfriend from jail to tell her to call the victim in the shooting case to get him to fill out a sworn affidavit saying Smith didn’t commit the crime, according to court documents obtained by the Journal Sentinel.
The victim recanted his identification of Smith and the case was dropped after the victim did not show up to court and was uncooperative, the newspaper reports.
— In 2013, Smith was charged with retail theft.
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