Third Ward shooting: Keasean Ellis-Brown sentenced, 33 years prison

A Milwaukee County judge sentenced Keasean Ellis-Brown on Friday, June 30 to 33 years in prison following his conviction tied to the shooting an off-duty police detective in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward in January 2022. He was also sentenced to 19 years of extended supervision.

The shooting happened on Jan. 13 at the Shake Shack in the Third Ward. Ellis-Brown, then 19, was taken into custody on March 15, 2022, after being on the run for week. 

Keasean Ellis-Brown

Ellis-Brown, now 20, pleaded guilty to charges including attempted first-degree intentional homicide, attempt to take and drive vehicle without consent, and drive or operate vehicle without consent. Three other charges were dismissed but read into the court record for the purposes of sentencing.

Prosecutors say Ellis-Brown shot Milwaukee Police Detective Andrew Wilkiewicz at the Shake Shack. Prosecutors say Ellis-Brown was determine to get his cellphone back after dropping it while trying to steal a car used for DoorDash. He stopped when he saw children inside the vehicle. 

Shooting at Shake Shack, Milwaukee

The female driver came out of the restaurant and picked up the phone. She ran inside the restaurant. But that is when Ellis-Brown returned and followed her inside. 

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Detective Wilkiewicz identified himself as police and told Ellis-Brown to stop. That is when Ellis-Brown shot the detective twice at point-blank range – nearly killing him. 

Keasean Ellis-Brown

In court Friday, Detective Wilkiewicz said he forgives the man who shot and injured him, but had this message for Ellis-Brown.

"Mr. Ellis-Brown. I’m going to tell you right now. I forgive you for what you did, but you must be held accountable for your actions," the detective said. "I don’t know Mr. Ellis Brown personally, but based on what happened that day, and the stories of the other cases I know, Mr. Ellis Brown is a coward."

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Ellis-Brown was one of three men charged in connection to the incident; Dionta'e Hayes and Timonte Carroll-Robinson are the other two. Carroll-Robinson was sentenced to five years in prison in August 2022. Hayes was sentenced earlier this month to three years probation.

Dionta'e Hayes, Timonte Carroll-Robinson, Keasean Ellis-Brown

This is a developing story.