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A Wisconsin man wanted in connection with a murder in Milwaukee was killed in a police shootout Friday night.
Ernest Blakney, 47, was fatally shot by police in Milwaukee’s downtown bar district after a high-speed chase Friday, FOX 6 reported.
He was wanted for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Nikia Rogers, 36, whose body was discovered in the burnt-out Blakney home on August 25. He was suspected of having set fire to his house.
An autopsy later revealed that Rogers had died of gunshot wounds to the back and head. His death was ruled a homicide.
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A warrant for Blakney’s arrest was issued on Monday.
Authorities say police located a van and the suspect around 11 p.m. Friday. The truck and the suspect were wanted in connection with the homicide.
Blakney allegedly killed his ex-girlfriend just days after a judge denied a request from prosecutors to keep him in jail until his sentencing hearing, as he recently pleaded guilty to sex charges. with children.
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Officers attempted to carry out a traffic stop, but the suspect refused to stop and the chase began.
The chase finally ended when the truck became inoperable. The suspect then exited the vehicle and fired at the officers. Several officers fired back at the suspect, hitting the target.
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The suspect died of his injuries and his weapon was recovered by officers. Police described the suspect only as a 47-year-old homicide suspect, but the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man as Blakney.
Blakney has previously been charged with second-degree sexual assault and was charged with having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 2020. He posted $5,000 cash bond and was released from jail in November 2021, the complaint states.
Fox News’ Adam Sabes contributed to this report.