Milwaukee police shoot; ‘digital media’ wanted for investigation

The Milwaukee Area Investigative Team and the FBI are asking the public to submit any “digital media” that may be helpful in investigating what led police to shoot accused killer Ernest Blakney.

Blakney was fatally shot by police in Milwaukee’s downtown bar district after a lengthy high-speed chase on Saturday, September 3.

Anyone with digital media depicting the Juneau Avenue shooting is encouraged to submit it on the FBI’s website.

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Blakney was wanted for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Nikia Rogers, 36. Her body was found in Blakney’s burnt-out home in Nash Park on August 25.

Officials said officers spotted a vehicle and a suspect in the homicide near 22nd and National shortly before 11 p.m. Friday, September 2. Officers attempted to carry out a traffic stop, but the suspect refused to stop and a chase ensued.

The chase ended when the truck broke down on Juneau Avenue, just west of downtown Water Street. At that time, officials said the suspect got out of the vehicle and fired several shots at officers. Several officers returned fire, striking the suspect.

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A bystander was also shot and injured during the incident. This passerby, a 22-year-old woman from Hudson, has since been released from hospital after undergoing treatment.

No other community members or officers were hit by the gunfire.

Eight officers were involved in the incident. Each officer was placed on administrative duty, as is routine in critical incidents involving officers.

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