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Milwaukee police arrest man accused of shooting off-duty detective in Third Ward

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Posted at 3:25 PM, Mar 15, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-16 12:13:14-04

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police arrested a man Tuesday afternoon who is accused of shooting an off-duty police detective.

Nineteen-year-old Keasean J. Ellis-Brown is accused of shooting Detective Andrew Wilkiewicz during an attempted robbery at Shake Shack in the Third Ward in January.

Ellis-Brown is one of three suspects charged in the shooting. He was charged with Attempt First-Degree Intentional Homicide on Jan. 13.

Keasean J. Ellis-Brown
Keasean J. Ellis-Brown

The incident began as a tactical situation at a home near 9th and Chambers in Milwaukee around 11:30 a.m.

After Ellis-Brown refused to come out of the home, tactical setup was established, according to Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) Chief Jeffrey Norman.

Ellis-Brown surrendered without incident after several hours.


The area was closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

Police also asked members of the community to avoid the area.

The incident concluded around 3:30 p.m.

MPD held a news conference following the arrest. Watch:

"I'm just appreciative that is has been resolved in this manner," said Milwaukee Police Chief Jeffrey Norman. "Again I want to reaffirm that the commitment in regards to the safety, the patience, the sanctity of life, I mean, this could have really had some horrible outcomes, but cooler heads prevailed."

Two other teens have since been caught. Investigators believe they rode to and from Shake Shack with Ellis-Brown in a car stolen from Kora Vancuran's home in Menomonee Falls a few days before the shooting.

"I'm very happy they finally found him," Vancuran said. "At least one less person off the street that could hurt someone."

Police and neighbors don't know why Ellis-Brown was in the home or for how long.

A man who says he is Ellis-Brown's grandfather says he watched him being taken into custody.

"He came to the window and hollered, 'Pawpaw.' And I told him you better put your hands up and come on down, everything's alright."

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