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Suspect faces more than 40 years in prison after being charged in vehicle pursuit

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Posted at 5:13 PM, Aug 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-05 19:41:17-04

MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee man faces up to 46 years in prison and up to $160,000 in fines if he is convicted of multiple felony charges in connection with a vehicle pursuit.

Aaron A. Fitzgerald, 19, was charged Monday with one count of vehicle operator flee/elude officer resulting in the death of another, one count of knowingly operate motor vehicle without a valid license – cause death, and one count of second-degree reckless homicide.

At about 1 a.m. Thursday, Milwaukee Police officers observed a vehicle disregard a red traffic light at North Sherman Boulevard and West Hampton Avenue, according to a news release.

A wanted check of the vehicle’s license plates revealed the vehicle was stolen, police said, at which time the officers attempted to conduct a stop by activating their emergency lights and siren.

Fitzgerald refused to pull over and led officers on a vehicle pursuit that ended at North 12th Street and West Locust Street, where Fitzgerald reportedly disregarded a flashing red light and crashed into another vehicle, causing the death of a motorist, police said.

Fitzgerald was taken into custody on scene.

Lequon McCoy was killed after a pursuit of a stolen vehicle near North 12th Street and West Locust Street.