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ATF searching for persons of interest in Sherman Park arson case

Posted at 3:53 PM, Jun 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-05 23:25:35-04

Federal agents are looking for two men they say are persons of interest in the Sherman Park arson cases.

It’s been almost a year since the Sherman Park unrest, and no federal arrests have been made. But on Monday, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said in a news release it is looking for Corey Miles and Derrick Madlock in connection with fires set in eight Sherman Park businesses, and the bureau believes they are still in the Milwaukee area.

"We are looking for two individuals that we believe have vital information," said Assistant Special Agent Joel Lee of the ATF Milwaukee Field Office.

The unrest started after a Milwaukee Police officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown shot and killed Sylville Smith on Aug. 13 last year. In the following 48 hours, buildings were looted and set on fire. 

"Each one of the commercial fires were set fires and since that time we have been working to try to find out exactly what happened," Lee said.

Search warrants show ATF agents have searched social media accounts and phones. They have also put out surveillance photos asking for help identifying other people involved in the case, who Lee says have all been found. The bureau has been tight-lipped about the details while the investigation continues.

"There will come a time where we'll be able to show all of our cards and everything that we've collected," Lee said.

Agents have not made any arrests for the commercial fires set near Sherman Park, but Lee says it doesn’t mean they aren’t close.

"This is a very important case for us, meaning law enforcement, to solve. So everybody involved will have a comfort that things like this won't be tolerated," Lee said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact that ATF, either by phone at 1-888-ATF-FIRE, via email at ATFTips@atf.gov, or submit information anonymously on the ReportIt website or mobile app. 

Heaggan-Brown is scheduled to stand trial next week in the death of Smith.