Mklwaukee man who killed 2 teens while being beaten arrested

  • Associated Press
  • March 13, 2014 - 8:50 PM

MILWAUKEE — A maintenance worker accused of fatally shooting two teens as he was being beaten with a baseball bat was held Thursday in the Milwaukee County Jail.

The 39-year-old man was arrested on possible charges of first-degree intentional homicide, according to Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Fran McLaughlin. Police identified them as Anmarie Miller, 17, and James Bel, Jr. 19, both of Milwaukee.

The two teens were fatally shot by the maintenance worker in the stairwell of an apartment building on the city's west side Wednesday about 1 p.m., Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn said.

The two teens and a third person got into an argument with the man, which led to a physical fight, Flynn said. McLaughlin said the third person, a 20-year-old man, is in jail on a possible charge of substantial battery.

The maintenance man was being held while one of the three beat him with a baseball bat, according to police. The maintenance man then pulled a gun and shot the two. The man being beaten was taken to a hospital, treated for injuries and arrested.

Flynn said the two teens did not live in the apartment building but knew someone who lived there.

Autopsies were being conducted Thursday, according to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office.

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