Family of suspect who died in police confrontation questions his death

Witness says victim didn't fire gun
Posted at 4:34 PM, Mar 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-20 17:25:54-04

The family of Jermaine Claybrooks is looking for answers Friday, one day after their nephew was shot and killed by police.

"We trying to get to the bottom of this," said Beverly Walker, Claybrooks' aunt.

Claybrooks died in a confrontation with police Thursday in what police said was an attempt to capture a person suspected of drug crimes.

Auntrae Boyd saw Claybrook’s car followed SUV, that tried to stop the Claybrook by hitting his car.

"The SUV hit him in order to spin him out and he ended up rolling into the tree," Boyd said.

Milwaukee Police said Claybrooks was the focus of a drug investigation when they tried to take him into custody. Boyd said officers waited several minutes before approaching the car.

"An officer, unknown. hollered out, "Gun." They backpedaled from the vehicle at that time and barraging the vehicle with gunfire," Boyd said.

Chief Ed Flynn said Thursday a weapon was found on Claybrooks.

"They were confronted by an individual with a firearm in his hand," Flynn said.

The family said the father of two had problems but he was not violent.

"Every drug dealer is not dangerous," said Monica McIyre, aunt of Claybrooks.

"We don't want violence. We don't want them tearing up the city. We don't want them to have another Sherman Park incident. That is not what we are trying to do. We are trying to get the truth," Walker said.