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Milwaukee police officers justified in 2017 shooting death of blind man

Posted at 8:23 PM, Feb 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-05 23:23:15-05

The Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office ruled officers justified in the 2017 shooting death of a blind man.

Milwaukee County District Attorney John T. Chisholm concluded that Officers Leon Burns and Daniel Tierney acted under Wisconsin law and were justified in using deadly force, so they will not be charged.

Body camera footage released Tuesday revealed the events that led to the shooting.

Officers responded to a street fight near 39th and Congress on Sept. 3, 2017. Once they arrived, 37-year-old Antwon Springer stepped onto his front porch and fired a gun into the sky in attempt to break up the fight.

Officers ordered Springer to drop the firearm but when he didn't, they opened fire, shooting him 16 times.

Springer was a convicted felon and was not legally allowed to own a weapon.