Joshua J. Holland was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with a felony charge of first-degree reckless injury, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and obstructing an officer. If convicted, Holland faces a fine of $135,000 and 41 years in prison.
Holland made his initial court appearance Tuesday.
According to the criminal complaint:
An investigator Aug. 21 heard six gunshots from the area of 12th Street and Lockwood Avenue. Police spoke to a victim, who had been shot in his back and left hip, and stated he had been walking toward the Family Super Market, 1201 S. Memorial Drive, when he was approached by the defendant and two other males.
One of the males allegedly said to the victim, “come around the corner so you can be shot.” The victim struck that male, who made a motion like he would get a gun, so the victim picked up his keys off the ground and ran. The victim then stated he heard six shots fired and had been hit.
The victim was transported to Ascension Hospital and then to Froedtert Hospital for possible surgery.
Police located Holland on Monday in the area of South Memorial Drive and Washington Avenue. As they approached to take him into custody, the defendant fled through a wooded area behind nearby homes.
During the chase, one of the officers tripped in the wooded lot and suffered a laceration to his hand that bled severely and required medical attention.
Holland told police he shot the victim Aug. 21 because he feared for his life. Court records indicate that Holland has a previous felony conviction in 2015 that prohibits him from
possessing a firearm.