Dominique Heaggan-Brown charged with first-degree reckless homicide for the death of Sylville Smith
10:22 AM, Dec 15, 2016
2:06 PM, Dec 16, 2016
Thursday morning, the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office announced they were filing formal First Degree Reckless Homicide charges against Dominique Heaggan-Brown, a former Milwaukee police officer.
Back in August, Heaggan-Brown was on patrol when he noticed a car with out-of-state plates near 44th and Auer. Court documents also say Heaggan-Brown saw an individual leaning over into the passenger window and believed some type of illegal drug activity might have been taking place.
When Heaggan-Brown attempted to investigate, the driver, later identified as Sylville Smith, got out of the car and took off running.
"The video (body camera video) shows Smith slip on the ground as he approaches a chain link fence between two houses," court documents indicated. "The video shows Smith rise back to his feet with a gun still in his right hand and Smith turns his head and upper body towards the officers. He then raises the gun upward while looking in the direction of the officers and throws the gun over the fence and into a yard."