2 suspects in Milwaukee Third Ward police shooting were free on bail

As a wounded Milwaukee police detective remained hospitalized Friday, more details emerged about the teenage suspects police believe were involved in the shooting.

Two suspects, both 18, were free on bail in other felony cases prior to the shooting. One of them — the suspected gunman — remained at large Friday evening.

The case appears likely to fuel the ongoing debate over bail in Wisconsin, which ignited after the Waukesha Christmas Parade tragedy.

The charged suspect in that case, Darrell Brooks, had been free on $1,000 bail in a felony domestic violence case when prosecutors say he drove through the parade route in November, killing six people, including a child, and injuring more than 60 others. He was bound over for trial Friday.

Milwaukee police have not publicly identified the suspected teen gunman wanted in the detective’s shooting, nor sought the public’s help in finding him as of late Friday. But the Journal Sentinel confirmed the teen’s identity with two law enforcement sources with knowledge of the investigation. The teen’s identity was first reported by Wisconsin Right Now.

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