Milwaukee Police, with the help of technology from the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN), connected a convicted felon to a 2017 homicide. Clarence D. Shelton III was charged on January 23, 2018 by the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office with the August 2017 homicide of Kakuma Kennedy in the 100 block of E. Juneau Avenue. Kennedy was shot and killed and two other men were injured in the shooting.
Less than two weeks later on September 3, two MPD District Five Police Officers performed a traffic stop in the 1300 block of W. Center Street of a vehicle Shelton was driving. During a search of the vehicle, an officer found a semi-automatic gun with a loaded magazine. Shelton was arrested for Felon in Possession of a Firearm and the gun was inventoried.
Officers from MPD’s Intelligence Fusion Center tested the gun through the NIBIN network. NIBIN is a national database that compares and identifies bullets and cartridges found at crime scenes or test-fired from inventoried guns. Milwaukee Police is one of a handful of large departments to utilize NIBIN technology. When the gun confiscated from Shelton was fired, it was determined that it was consistent with the casings left at the August homicide.
Photo arrays of Shelton were shown to the two other victims and they positively identified Shelton as the shooter. According to the criminal complaint, Shelton stated he shot a gun to make the victims move away from a car. Shelton faces five separate charges, that if found guilty, carries with it a sentence of more than 105 years in prison.