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By the numbers: 7 officers injured, 14 arrests after night two of Sherman Park violence

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Posted at 4:31 PM, Aug 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-15 20:22:05-04

MILWAUKEE -- Chief Ed Flynn of the Milwaukee Police Department provided some some more details Monday morning regarding the extent of the violence Sunday night in Milwaukee's Sherman Park neighborhood.

The second round of fires, gunshots, and arrests came a day after 17 were arrested and four officers were hurt in the same neighborhood. Here's what Chief Flynn told us happened Sunday:

  • Seven police officers were injured. Four were injured by rocks or bricks, two by glass fragments, and one was hit in the foot with a brick.
  • 14 people were arrested, bringing the two-day total to 31. All of them were adults and all were arrested for disorderly conduct. 11 were men, and three were women.
  • An 18-year-old man was shot in the neck and hospitalized. He's expected to be okay.
  • 30 reports of shots fired. Each report may include multiple gunshots, police say.
  • Three squad cars damaged, each hit with bricks.
  • One BearCat tactical vehicle struck by bullets.
  • Several dumpster fires, and one couch set on fire.
  • One officer wearing a riot helmet had it grazed by a bullet.

The weekend's violence started when a black police officer shot and killed black man Sylville K. Smith after a brief foot chase. Chief Flynn said Smith, 23, was killed after he turned toward the officer with a gun in his hand. The officer's identity has not been released.

Flynn cautioned that the shooting was still under investigation and that authorities were awaiting autopsy results, but that the officer "certainly appeared to be within lawful bounds," based on video from his body camera.

He said the officer told Smith to drop the gun and he did not do so. It was unclear how many rounds the officer fired. Smith was hit in the chest and arm, Flynn said.

Mayor Tom Barrett says a strict curfew will be enforced for teenagers at 10:00 p.m. Monday night.

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