Man charged in death of robbery accomplice

CREATED Nov. 27, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - A man who told police he was involved in an armed robbery at a Milwaukee barbershop has been charged with felony murder after his accomplice was killed, according to a criminal complaint.

A customer shot and killed Clemon G. Ferguson Jr., 18, while Ferguson and Jeremy T. Pierce, 21, tried to rob the barbershop last week in the 2400 block of N. King Drive. The Milwaukee County district attorney's office said the shooting was self-defense and is arguing that Pierce is responsible for the death.

Police officers had their first contact with Pierce on Wednesday when Pierce entered a police station at the corner of N. King Drive and W. Locust St., saying he was shot when someone tried to rob him outside of a barbershop down the street. He was taken to a hospital.

Police later interviewed a man who said two men entered the barbershop, trying to rob the business, and that he shot the pair.

Pierce later acknowledged that he and an accomplice went in the barbershop with the intent of robbing it, according to the complaint.