Milwaukee Man Charged In Appleton Police Shooting Incident

Henry Nellum Faces 6 Charges, Including Attempted First-Degree Intentional Homicide

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A Milwaukee man is facing multiple charges for his alleged involvement in a fight that ended with police shooting another man in an Appleton bar.

A criminal complaint provides some details about what led to the fatal shooting of Jimmie Sanders on Sunday.

The complaint states 33-year-old Henry Nellum and another man got into a physical and verbal fight at Jack’s Apple Pub early Sunday. Nellum then pulled out a gun, which went off. The complaint doesn’t mention Sanders.

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Appleton Police Chief Todd Thomas says that when officers arrived, Lt. Jay Steinke saw a man with a gun and fired at him. Steinke shot and killed 33-year-old Sanders, who was also from Milwaukee but recently staying with friends in Appleton.

According to court records, Nellum faces six charges, including:

  • Felony attempted first-degree intentional homicide
  • Felony first-degree recklessly endangering safety
  • Felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
  • Misdemeanor operating a firearm while intoxicated
  • Misdemeanor bail jumping
  • Misdemeanor disorderly conduct

Nellum is being held on a $400,000 cash bond, according to online court records. He will appear in court next at 3 p.m. Friday, June 30, and is represented by a public defender, court records show.

The Green Bay Police Department is leading the investigating into the fatal shooting by Steinke, a 28-year veteran of the Appleton Police Department.

Appleton Police Chief Todd Thomas previously described the shooting as an “extremely dynamic and chaotic situation.”

Steinke has been placed on administrative assignment, as is standard in officer-involved shooting investigations.

Editor’s Note: This story was last updated at 3:19 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, 2017, to include original reporting from WPR.