Former Milwaukee police officer found not guilty in fatal shooting

June 21 (Reuters) - A former Milwaukee police officer, whose fatal shooting of a black man last year sparked two nights of rioting, was found not guilty in the killing on Wednesday.

Dominique Heaggan-Brown, who is also black, was charged with first-degree reckless homicide in the death of 23-year-old Sylville Smith following an Aug. 13, 2016 foot chase.

People were heard crying and yelling in the courtroom after Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Conen read the jury's verdict on Wednesday afternoon, according to a video stream of the hearing.

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MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN, USA - AUGUST 14: Police officers try to keep away protesters from the area as they construct barricade near the damaged gas station during a protest held for Sylville Smith, who was shot and killed by a police officer as he reportedly attempted to flee after he was pulled over by police during a traffic stop Saturday afternoon, in Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA on August 14, 2016. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN, USA - AUGUST 14: Police officers try to keep away protesters from the area as they construct barricade near the damaged gas station during a protest held for Sylville Smith, who was shot and killed by a police officer as he reportedly attempted to flee after he was pulled over by police during a traffic stop Saturday afternoon, in Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA on August 14, 2016. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN, USA - AUGUST 14: A protester stands against police officers during a protest held for Sylville Smith, who was shot and killed by a police officer as he reportedly attempted to flee after he was pulled over by police during a traffic stop Saturday afternoon, in Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA on August 14, 2016. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - AUGUST 14: Police officers stand guard at the District 7 police station as angry crowds took to the streets for a second night to protest an officer-involved killing August 14, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Protestors threw rocks and there was gunfire in the crowd as hundreds of people confronted police after an officer shot and killed a fleeing armed man earlier in the day. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - AUGUST 14: Crowds takes to the streets near the District 7 police station, protesting for a second night after an officer-involved killing August 14, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Protestors threw rocks and there was gunfire in the crowd as hundreds of people confronted police after an officer shot and killed a fleeing armed man earlier in the day. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - AUGUST 14: Crowds gather near the BP gas station that was burned, protesting for a second night after an officer-involved killing August 14, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Protestors threw rocks and there was gunfire in the crowd as hundreds of people confronted police after an officer shot and killed a fleeing armed man earlier in the day. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - AUGUST 14: Crowds took to the streets for a second night to protest an officer-involved killing August 14, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Protestors threw rocks and there was gunfire in the crowd as hundreds of people confronted police after an officer shot and killed a fleeing armed man earlier in the day. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - AUGUST 14: Police in riot gear line up as angry crowds took to the streets for a second night to protest an officer-involved killing August 14, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Protestors threw rocks and there was gunfire in the crowd as hundreds of people confronted police after an officer shot and killed a fleeing armed man earlier in the day. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - AUGUST 14: Angry crowds took to the streets for a second night to protest an officer-involved killing August 14, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Protestors threw rocks and there was gunfire in the crowd as hundreds of people confronted police after an officer shot and killed a fleeing armed man earlier in the day. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - AUGUST 14: Angry crowds took to the streets for a second night to protest an officer-involved killing August 14, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Protestors threw rocks and there was gunfire in the crowd as hundreds of people confronted police after an officer shot and killed a fleeing armed man earlier in the day. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - AUGUST 14: Men throw rocks as an angry crowds took to the streets for a second night to protest an officer-involved killing August 14, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There was gunfire in the crowd as hundreds of people confronted police after an officer shot and killed a fleeing armed man earlier in the day. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - AUGUST 14: Police in riot gear line up as angry crowds took to the streets for a second night to protest an officer-involved killing August 14, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Protestors threw rocks and there was gunfire in the crowd as hundreds of people confronted police after an officer shot and killed a fleeing armed man earlier in the day. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - AUGUST 14: Police take a man to a hospital after he was shot in the neck as angry crowds took to the streets for a second night to protest an officer-involved killing August 14, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Protestors threw rocks and there was gunfire in the crowd as hundreds of people confronted police after an officer shot and killed a fleeing armed man earlier in the day. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - AUGUST 14: Police take a man to a hospital after he was shot in the neck as angry crowds took to the streets for a second night to protest an officer-involved killing August 14, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Protestors threw rocks and there was gunfire in the crowd as hundreds of people confronted police after an officer shot and killed a fleeing armed man earlier in the day. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - AUGUST 14: Police take a man to a hospital after he was shot in the neck as angry crowds took to the streets for a second night to protest an officer-involved killing August 14, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Protestors threw rocks and there was gunfire in the crowd as hundreds of people confronted police after an officer shot and killed a fleeing armed man earlier in the day. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - AUGUST 14: Angry crowds took to the streets for a second night to protest an officer-involved killing August 14, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Protestors threw rocks and there was gunfire in the crowd as hundreds of people confronted police after an officer shot and killed a fleeing armed man earlier in the day. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - AUGUST 14: Angry crowds took to the streets for a second night to protest an officer-involved killing August 14, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Protestors threw rocks and there was gunfire in the crowd as hundreds of people confronted police after an officer shot and killed a fleeing armed man earlier in the day. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - AUGUST 14: Angry crowds took to the streets for a second night to protest an officer-involved killing August 14, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Protestors threw rocks and there was gunfire in the crowd as hundreds of people confronted police after an officer shot and killed a fleeing armed man earlier in the day. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - AUGUST 14: Police in riot gear line up as angry crowds took to the streets for a second night to protest an officer-involved killing August 14, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Protestors threw rocks and there was gunfire in the crowd as hundreds of people confronted police after an officer shot and killed a fleeing armed man earlier in the day. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)
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Police said Smith was armed and ignored commands to drop his gun. After Smith was shot, the resulting violence during protests left businesses burned, police cars damaged and officers injured.

Heaggan-Brown was fired from the police force in October over unrelated sexual assault charges. He was charged with assaulting a man a day after he fatally shot Smith.

The former cop was also charged with having sex with prostitutes and sexually assaulting another person between December 2015 and July 2016, court records said.

(Reporting by Timothy Mclaughlin in Chicago; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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