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Neighbors question why man who killed would-be attacker is in police custody

Posted: 10:13 PM, Jul 17, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-18 03:14:24Z

A man out walking his dog killed an alleged attacker early Tuesday morning near the Shops of Grand Avenue at Old World Third and Wells.

People who live in the area say they are used to waking up to traffic, not a crime scene.

"I saw police tape all around our doors and all around the block and then I saw a black screen down the street a little bit by the strip club," said neighbor Payton Tindall.

Around 3:30 a.m., Milwaukee Police said a man out walking his dog was attacked. He fought back, without a weapon and the attacker died.

"That's terrifying. I don't think there is any other way to think about it," said neighbor Gina Lawall.

Other people walking their dogs in the area said the biggest issue is people sleeping in the nearby parking garage or in the areas their pets use.

"It's not untypical for people to be loitering, hanging about," said David Willey.

"We have had people approach us on many occasions," said Tindall.

But what neighbors do not understand is why the man who fought back is in police custody.

"I don't really know what happened, but I mean if I was in that situation I think you need to protect yourself," said Tindall.

"I walk down here I walk my dog down here if someone came off and attacked me I might react the same way," said neighbor Robert Boesen.

Police are not giving a lot of details as to how that fight led to the attacker's death, but they say the original victim is cooperating.