Saturday, September 3, 2022

Homicide Suspect 47-year-old Ernest Terrell Blakney Killed In Shootout With Milwaukee Police

Blakney was wanted for the August 25, 2022 homicide of 36-year-old Nikia Toyea Rogers.

By H. Nelson Goodson 
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

September 3, 2022

Milwaukee, Wisconsin - On Friday, Ernest Terrell Blakney, 47, who was wanted for the August 25 homicide of Nikia Toyea Rogers, 36, died after getting into a shootout with police in downtown Milwaukee. According to police, Blakney was spotted by police at the 2200 block of W. National Ave. in the Southside of Milwaukee. When police attempted to conduct a traffic stop at 10:50 p.m. in the Southside of Milwaukee, Blakney failed to stop, then he fled from police and a high speed chase ensued ending when the vehicle Blakney was driving became disabled at the 100 block of E. Juneau Ave. near N. Water Street. Blakney got out of the truck and fired at police, police returned fire fatally striking Blakney. A handgun was recovered at the scene. Videos of the pursued and shooting in downtown Milwaukee were posted on social media.

A 22-year-old woman from Hudson, Wisconsin who was a bystander was struck by gunfire and was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. It is not known at the moment who fired the gunshots that struck the woman.

At least several officers fired their weapons, according to police.

Eight police officers ages, 22, 23, 26, 30, 31, two 33 and 47 involved in the critical incident were placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation.

According to the criminal complaint, on August 25, the Milwaukee Fire Department responded to a reported house fire at 3772 N. 83 Street. They discovered Rogers' body inside and police determined that Blakney, the live-in boyfriend had shot her in the head and tried to burn her body with a can of lighter fluid to conceal the murder.

Blakney was charged on August 29 with one felony count for 1st-degree reckless homicide and habitual criminality repeater and use of a dangerous weapon; one felony count for attempt mutilating a corpse and habitual criminality repeater; one felony count for possession of a firearm by a felon and habitual criminality repeater; bail jumping and habitual criminality repeater; one felony count for false imprisonment and habitual criminality repeater and use of a dangerous weapon, and one felony count for armed robbery and habitual criminality. If convicted on all counts, Blakney was facing up to 128 years and 6 months in prison.

Blakney was charged on October 20, 2021 with one felony count for 2nd-degree sexual assault of child and was free on a bond of $5,000, and had a scheduled sentencing hearing for October 20, 2022, according to court records. If convicted, Blakney was facing up to 40 years in prison and up to $100,000 in fines.

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