THURSDAY 1/20/2022 6:10 p.m.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Burger King employee accused of inadvertently killing another worker while shooting at a robber has turned himself in to Milwaukee police.
Derrick D. Ellis, of Milwaukee, is charged with homicide by negligent handling of a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm by a convicted out-of-state felon.
The 34-year-old Ellis had been sought by police for more than two weeks before giving himself up on Tuesday.
Ellis was allegedly firing at the robbery suspect, Antoine Edwards, when he shot and killed 16-year-old cashier Niesha Harris-Brazell.
Edwards and his own 16-year-old daughter, who is described as Harris-Brazell’s best friend, told police they coordinated with Harris-Brazell to stage the robbery in order to steal money. Harris-Brazell’s family’s disputes the claim.
UPDATE: Burger King robbery that left 1 dead was staged, police report
FRIDAY 1/14/2022 4:15 p.m.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Police say a robbery at a Milwaukee Burger King that left one dead was staged.
Sixteen-year-old cashier Niesha Harris-Bracell was shot to death during the robbery Jan. 2. Video surveillance showed a man with a gun leaning into the drive-thru window.
According to a criminal complaint filed Friday, that man was Antoine Edwards. His daughter also worked at the Burger King.
They had hatched a plan with Niesha Harris-Bracell to steal money from the restaurant by staging a robbery. But another employee who wasn’t in on the plan opened fire on Edwards and hit Harris-Bracell by mistake.
Edwards was charged with felony murder, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
UPDATE: Charges issued against co-worker of slain Wisconsin teenager, still looking for robbery suspect
FRIDAY 1/7/2022 12:38 p.m.
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WFRV) – In addition to the armed robbery suspect, authorities are now looking for a co-worker of a Wisconsin teenager who was shot to death during an attempted armed robbery at a Milwaukee Burger King.
The Milwaukee Police Department announced that criminal charges have been issued against Derrick Ellis in connection to the homicide at a Milwaukee Burger King that happened on Jan. 2.
Around 10:15 p.m., Ellis was armed with a firearm and reportedly engaged an armed robbery suspect. 16-year-old Niesha Harris-Brazell was hit by gunfire, which caused her death.
The criminal complaint says that Ellis appeared to be firing his gun towards the man at the drive-thru window who was trying to rob the cashier. After Ellis fired the gun, footage showed him crawling on the floor picking up the fired casings.
Police interviewed the store manager who said that Ellis carries the gun while he is at work. After the shooting happened, Ellis asked the store manager to hide the gun in the safe. Police found a white .380 caliber pistol inside the safe.
Authorities say that Ellis is a convicted felon and cannot own a firearm. Ellis reportedly fled the scene.
He was charged with one count of Possession of a Firearm by Outstate Felon. Ellis could face up to ten years in prison and could be fined up to $25,000.
Authorities are looking for both Ellis as well as the unknown armed robbery suspect. Police are still investigating whether the robbery suspect also fired a weapon and did not say the co-worker’s gunshots killed Harris-Brazell.
Local 5 will continue to update this story if more information is released.
ORIGINAL: Wisconsin teenager working at Burger King killed during robbery attempt
MONDAY 1/4/2022 6:46 a.m.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A 16-year-old Milwaukee Burger King worker is dead after someone apparently shot her through the drive-thru window.
According to the Milwaukee Police Department, on Jan. 2 around 10:15 p.m., a homicide happened at a Burger King located on the 5100 block of West Capitol Drive.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Niesha Harris-Brazell was the one who was shot. She was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.
The suspect is described as an African American man with a heavy build and was last seen wearing a red-hooded sweatshirt, tan pants, a facemask and was armed with a handgun.
Authorities describe the suspect’s vehicle as a black four-door Chevy Impala with a sunroof and spoiler on the back.
Investigators believe the shooting was part of a robbery.
Acting Mayor Cavalier Johnson called the shooting a “horrible tragedy.” He said Harris-Brazell appeared to be a hard-working teenager with a bright future.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Milwaukee Police Department at 414-935-7360.