Black man in critical condition shot by both Milwaukee police and Chicago police within four year span
The same man who was shot by Chicago police in 2014 was shot Wednesday morning by Milwaukee police, according to his family.
The family identified the man as 31-year-old Alonzo Smith and said he was diagnosed with schizophrenia, according to WISN 12 News. Smith is in the hospital in critical condition.
Police say they were responding to a report of shots fired at an apartment building near 101st Street and Bender Road in Milwaukee when they saw a man with a gun. According to police, the man fired shots at them, and they fired back. Several guns and a knife were recovered at the scene.
“There’s really no updates to release. Wauwatosa police is the lead on the officer-involved shooting as part of the Milwaukee-area investigative team, so we will continue to work with all the agencies that are involved with that along with the Milwaukee Police Department as the investigation progresses,” Wauwatosa police Capt. Brian Zalewski told WISN 12 News.
The family of Alonzo Smith said last year that he had reached a $180,000 settlement with the city of Chicago after police there shot him in the leg in 2014. In that incident, he was armed with two knives and a box cutter.
“Alonzo, he have a mental problem,” Smith’s uncle, Donnell Dowdy, told WISN 12 News.
Dowdy said the family visited Smith in the hospital, where he remains in critical condition, with a shot to the head. Police have refused to share body camera video of the shooting, according to Dowdy.
“He done got shot once already in Chicago, and they paid him off, so now they just shot him again in Milwaukee, so I wonder how they want to play this one,” Dowdy told news reporters.
Milwaukee police said, they “don’t have any information available to the public regarding this investigation.”