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Witness to Milwaukee police shooting confirms friend had gun

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -

A witness to a fatal police shooting that led to riots in Milwaukee says his friend was carrying a gun the day he was killed.

Demario Pritchard tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel  that he and Sylville Smith had stopped by a friend's house "for a little weed" the afternoon Smith died last month but said they weren't otherwise breaking the law.

The 23-year-old Smith, who was black, was shot and killed by a black officer after what police say was a brief foot chase that followed a traffic stop.

They say Smith refused an order to drop the gun.

Chief Edward Flynn last month said body camera video clearly shows Smith was holding a handgun.

Pritchard confirmed that Smith had a gun, saying he carried it for protection.

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