Black cop who shot dead gun-wielding offender sparked riots, revealed that pair went to school together

A Milwaukee police officer believed to have shot dead a black man he went to high school with has been receiving death threats.

Police haven’t released the name of the officer who shot 23-year-old Sylville Smith on Saturday following a traffic stop, but widely shared social media posts and at least one news report identified him as a 24-year-old Dominique Heaggan-Brown.

At least 3,000 people shared a Facebook photo of Heaggan-Brown, who was independently identified by the Journal-Sentinal.

Sylville Smith (pictured) was gunned down by a Milwaukee officer following a traffic stop and foot chase

Furious Facebook users posted threatening comments under the picture with some saying ‘if he’s seen anywhere in the city drop him’ while another said someone should ‘shoot him right in his head’.

Smith’s sister Sherelle Smith, revealed in an interview with Fox 6 that the officer went to high school with her brother.

‘The boy knew my brother personally from high school. They knew each other. You knew exactly how my brother was and you shot and killed him,’ Sherelle added.

Relatives and friends from the Sherman Park neighborhood also confirmed that Heaggan and Smith, whose death has sparked violence in the city, knew each other.

Several people who shared the same photo of Heaggan in uniform and standing in front of a squad car, shared stories of interacting with him in the neighborhood.

Others urged restraint, saying to wait for all the facts before making up their minds, and asked people to not ‘destroy our own communities’.

Heaggan is also known locally as KB Domo, a musician who often collaborated with hip hop artist Dae Flywalker, the New York Daily News reported.

In a video shared on social media, Heaggan can be seen rapping and performing a freestyle verse.

The District 7 police station was briefly closed because of threats, including shots fired nearby Monday afternoon, Police Chief Edward Flynn told the Journal-Sentinel.

It reopened by 8pm.

Flynn said the officer is currently staying with relatives out of town.

In a video shared on social media, Heaggan-Brown (pictured) can be seen rapping and performing a freestyle verse 

A few hours after the shooting, violence erupted on the city's largely black north side, with protesters hurling rocks at police and burning six businesses and a squad car. Pictured above the second night of protests on Sunday

The department said in a statement Tuesday it noticed a ‘disturbing national trend’ in which social media users have identified officers involved in fatal shootings and threatened them and their families.

A spokesman declined to confirm the identity being circulated online.

The department is aware of some local threats against its officers and is investigating, according to the statement.

The officer joined the Milwaukee force in 2010 as a police aide and in 2013, he graduated from the police academy, the Daily News reported.

A few hours after Smith was shot, violence erupted on the city's largely black north side, with protesters hurling rocks at police and burning six businesses and a squad car (pictured)

Smith, 23, was shot and killed Saturday after a brief foot chase that followed a traffic stop.

Police said Smith had a gun in his hand when he turned toward the officer, who opened fire. The state is investigating.

A few hours after the shooting, violence erupted on the city’s largely black north side, with protesters hurling rocks at police and burning six businesses and a squad car.

A lighter night of protests followed Sunday and resulted in a teenager being shot.

An officer was also injured during Sunday night’s riots.

Monday was calm, though 10 people were arrested.

Source: The DailyMail

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