Teen shot by off-duty officer charged with attempted armed robbery
Jan 10, 2013 (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
A Milwaukee teen shot by an off-duty police detective he tried to hold up at gunpoint was charged Thursday with attempted armed robbery.
Breon Eskridge, 17, suffered a clean-through gunshot wound to the abdomen early Sunday evening as he ordered his intended victim to walk around a house in the 4500 block of N. 27th St. That's because the victim was police Detective Kenneth Fortune.
According to the criminal complaint:
Fortune was picking up trash behind an apartment building when Eskridge walked up, pointed a black pistol at him and said, "Give me everything you got," and then ordered Fortune to go around the corner and get on the ground.
Fearing for his safety, Fortune drew his own gun and fired four shots at Eskridge, who turned and ran.
Eskridge entered the Hot Spot store nearby and asked the owner to call for ambulance.
Three women in the area all identified the robber as "Breon,"
At Children's Hospital on Monday, Eskridge first told investigators he himself had been robbed before admitting he had approached a victim with a brick. The investigator told Eskridge the victim would clearly know the difference between a gun and a brick because he's a police officer.
Eskridge replied, "Damn," and then said his gun was only BB gun and that if it had been a firearm he would have returned fire, "because I'm gonna defend myself."
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