Witness to Milwaukee police shooting confirms friend had gun
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.