Police say a Milwaukee teen accused of killing three people will be released from juvenile detention

A Milwaukee County District Attorney’s investigation into an announcement that a juvenile offender accused of killing three people would be released from juvenile detention is in full swing. Dr. John Chisholm, the district attorney,…

Police say a Milwaukee teen accused of killing three people will be released from juvenile detention

A Milwaukee County District Attorney’s investigation into an announcement that a juvenile offender accused of killing three people would be released from juvenile detention is in full swing.

Dr. John Chisholm, the district attorney, said at a press conference Friday that his office’s decision to release Darrell Brooks will be examined internally and announced in the “new year.”

Chisholm said an internal review was initiated in response to a phone call with the prosecutor in charge of Brooks’ case calling and requesting that he step aside.

“Our first concern is with the victims of these crimes,” Chisholm said, referring to the three victims of Wednesday’s shootings.

Brooks, 17, has been charged as an adult with first-degree intentional homicide and other counts in connection with the Christmas Eve killings of his uncle, Xavier Miller, his aunt, Mari Cason and her boyfriend, Shayon Alexander, according to Chisholm’s office. He has been remanded to a local hospital with injuries suffered during a self-inflicted gunshot wound, a Bucks’ spokesman told The Washington Post on Friday.

The suspect’s criminal history includes convictions for breaking into vehicles, domestic battery and battery to a police officer.

The suspect and the victims all lived in an apartment near 72nd Street and Forest Home Avenue. Miller came to help the suspect after his aunt told Brooks that she was divorcing Miller, according to Chisholm’s office. The suspect told Miller he was planning to sell a property and use the money to buy himself another vehicle, according to Chisholm’s office.

The suspect then grabbed Miller by the neck and hit him in the head twice with an object, sending him to the ground, according to the statement from Chisholm’s office.

The boyfriend arrived with a knife and Brooks started attacking him, cutting his thumb and then slashing his arm with the knife, according to Chisholm’s office. Miller was stabbed more than a dozen times.

After slashing Alexander’s arm, Brooks then knifed the victims again and shot Miller in the head as he was lying on the ground, according to Chisholm’s office.

Local news outlets reported that a local restaurant owner saw the commotion and eventually managed to disarm the suspect and take him into custody. Alexander died of a gunshot wound to the head, according to Chisholm’s office. Miller died after being taken to a hospital. Cason died after suffering a gunshot wound to the head. Brooks also suffered injuries and was being treated at a local hospital.

The suspect and the victims were from different towns.

Chisholm said his office made its announcement in the “interest of public safety” and that he does not want the victims to have suffered another loss of life.

“I remain firm in my belief that we have the best juvenile justice system in the world and that every minor offender should go through this system,” Chisholm said.

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