Authorities respond near a burning gas station as dozens of people protest following the fatal shooting of a man in Milwaukee, Saturday, Aug. 13. (AP Photo/Gretchen Ehlke)

Aug 14, 2016 3:40 PM

UPDATE: Mother says Milwaukee shooting victim was 23-year-old black man

The Associated Press

MILWAUKEE — A woman has identified her 23-year-old son as the man fatally shot by Milwaukee police.

Mildred Haynes told The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that her son, Sylville Smith, was killed Saturday in a police shooting that triggered explosive protests on the city's north side.

Haynes says Smith, who was black, had a 2-year-old son.

Police say Smith fled during a traffic stop and was armed. It's unclear whether he pointed a gun at officers.

The Journal Sentinel reported Smith was charged last year in a shooting and was later charged with pressuring the victim to withdraw testimony that identified him as the gunman. Both felony charges were later dropped for reasons that are unclear.

A Milwaukee police spokesman didn't immediately respond to messages seeking confirmation of Smith as the suspect.

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