Milwaukee shooting; man charged in homicide near 76th and Vienna

Breyon Wright

A 23-year-old Milwaukee man faces multiple charges in connection with the fatal shooting of a man in an alley near 76th and Vienna on Aug. 15. The accused is Breyon Wright – and he faces the following criminal counts: 

  • First-degree intentional homicide
  • Bail jumping (felony), two counts

According to the criminal complaint, Milwaukee police officers responded to the area near 76th and Vienna on Aug. 15. They located Joseph Jones lying in an alley with a gunshot wound to his chest. Despite life-saving measures, Jones was pronounced deceased on the scene. The complaint noted Jones had a 9mm handgun in his right hand.

Detectives spoke with a person who was present at the time of the Jones homicide. This person indicated Jones had pulled into the area and was speaking with a person in another vehicle, an SUV. The person told detectives the two men were "talking loudly" but the conversation did not appear "heated." A short time later, the person told detectives Jones yelled, "Put it down!" Moments later, the person "heard 4-5 gunshots that sounded like they were from two guns," the complaint says. The person told detectives the second person was no longer in the alley -- and Jones was on the ground.

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A second witness told authorities they heard "two men arguing in the alley, and that over the course of about 30 minutes the conversation seemed to escalate, and it seemed like tensions were rising."

Milwaukee shooting: 1 man dead, found in alley near 76th and Vienna

Police recovered surveillance video which showed the alley where the crime happened. The video shows "shortly after the time of Jones' homicide, a Black male subject in all dark clothing running southbound from that alley," the complaint says. The camera also captured a clear picture of the subject's face. The picture helped investigators identify the subject as Wright, the defendant.

Investigators were able to get fingerprints from the SUV that was left behind allegedly by the defendant, the complaint says.

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On Aug. 25, a detective interviewed Wright. He denied having any involvement with the homicide. When shown still frames from the surveillance video, he "said he did not know who that person is," the complaint says. But when confronted with information that two people identified him in the photos, he replied those people are "colorblind."

Wright made his initial appearance in Milwaukee County court on Sunday, Aug. 28. Cash bond was set at $100,000. Breyon is due back in court for a preliminary hearing on Sept. 6.