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5 Arrested In Connection With Shooting Of Kenosha Police Officer

Kenosha, WI – Five people have been arrested in connection with the Aug. 8 shooting of a Kenosha police officer.

According to court documents, the attack occurred after Kenosha Police Officer Justin Pruett spotted a man who matched the description of a suspect who had broken into a vehicle, The Journal Times reported.

The officer contacted him, and at some point during the encounter, Officer Pruett deployed his Taser, police said.

The suspect, later identified as 29-year-old Jonathan Massey, then allegedly pulled out a gun and shot the officer in the abdomen, The Journal Times reported.

Officer Pruett immediately returned fire, hitting Massey as he escaped from the area and left the wounded officer behind, police said.

The gun battle was partially captured on the Officer Pruett’s dashcam, according to court documents.

The wounded officer was rushed to a local hospital, where he underwent surgery, WITI reported.

According to court documents, several witnesses were with Massey at the time of the shooting and allegedly helped him escape to Indiana, The Journal Times reported.

Kenosha resident Travinna Williams, 30, allegedly gave the accused gunman a ride to a gas station in Harvey, Illinois, according to court documents.

A witness told investigators that Williams called her at approximately 5:20 a.m. on the day of the shooting, The Journal Times reported.

“Jonathan’s in some [expletive],” Williams said, according to the witness. “We’re coming to get you.”

When Williams arrived at the witness’s home approximately 25 minutes later, Massey was riding in the back seat and another male witness was also inside the vehicle, The Journal Times reported.

Massey used the female witness’s phone to place about 10 calls to a man in Gary, Indiana, according to police.

At one point, Williams allegedly drove to a hospital in Illinois and tried to convince Massey to go get treatment for his gunshot wound, but he refused.

She subsequently went to a drugstore and picked up bandaging materials and water, according to court documents.

When they arrived at the gas station in Harvey, Illinois, Massey got into a pickup truck with a male driver, The Journal Times reported.

The U.S. Marshals Service apprehended him in Gary, Indiana on Aug. 12.

He was suffering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen at the time of his arrest, WITI reported.

Massey was transported to a hospital, where he was treated and released.

He has been charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide.

During Massey’s initial court appearance on Aug. 11, Officer Pruett begged the court not to release the alleged gunman on a low bond, according to KTVZ.

“I’m worried that he may come after me or my family,” Officer Pruett told the court. “Given the fact that he was able to run away on scene during my contact with him, given the fact we had to go retrieve him from another state multiple days after. I just feel like Mr. Massey has the ability — if we gave him a cheaper bond — to make that bond and come after me or my family, or come back to court to face these alleged charges.”

The judge ordered that Massey be held on $1 million bond, The Journal Times reported.

He is awaiting extradition back to Wisconsin, according to WITI.

Williams was arrested for allegedly harboring a felon, The Journal Times reported.

Her bond was set at $50,000.

Ebony Hughes, 27, and Desiree Brown, 26, were both allegedly in the vehicle when the shooting occurred, according to investigators.

They were charged on Tuesday with aiding a felon, as was 23-year-old Shydaria Role, according to The Journal Times.

According to courtroom testimony, more people may be charged for allegedly helping Massey while he was on the run.

Officer Pruett, a two-year veteran of the department, has been released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery, WITI reported.

The Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is handling the ongoing investigation into the shooting with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Task Force, Indiana State Police, Kenosha Police Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, and the Wisconsin State Crime Lab.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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