An eight-day, two-state manhunt for a man accused of killing his girlfriend in Waukesha ended Tuesday night on a bicycle path in Indiana with a single, self-inflicted gunshot.
Eddie Callaway, 26, had been on the run since April 22, the only person sought in the April 22 shooting death of Shanel “Nani” Negron.
Authorities were on alert in Bloomington, IN, about 50 miles southwest of Indianapolis. Callaway’s family lived in the Indianapolis area and he had fled there from Wisconsin during past times of trouble. The U.S. Marshals, Indiana State Police and Bloomington police were looking for the man with the tattoo at the corner of his left eye.
At about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, they found him.
Detective, officer confront Callaway
An Indiana State Police detective spotted a heavily tattooed man on a blue bike riding north on the B-Line trail, according to Bloomington police.
The detective flagged down a nearby Bloomington police officer and reported what the detective saw. Another police officer quickly responded to the trail to intercept Callaway and pointed his service weapon at the man, not knowing if the bike rider was armed, police said.
The Bloomington police officer ordered Callaway off the bike and onto the ground, and radioed for backup. As the backup police officers responded, Callaway reached into his waistband and pulled out a gun. Ignoring the police officer’s commands, Callaway held the gun to his head and fired, authorities said.
Police say Callaway acted alone
“The Waukesha Police Department is confident that Eddie Callaway was the lone suspect in the death Shanel Negron,” Waukesha Deputy Police Chief Dennis Angle said Wednesday. “We are still in the process of completing the investigation, including forensics and ballistics testing. … We are glad to bring this case to a closure."
Bloomington and Waukesha police are jointly conducting forensics and ballistics studies on the weapon to determine if the weapon used in Callaway’s suicide was also used in Negron’s homicide, Angle said.
Negron is survived by her 3-year-old daughter, Jaslene, who was not present at the time of the shooting.
“I think the most tragic part of this entire incident when it comes to the case as a whole, as of right now, we have a 3-year-old little girl who doesn’t have a mother,” Angle said.
Negron was fatally shot by Callaway at the corner of Summit Avenue and North Moreland Boulevard, police say. Witnesses described hearing a “pop” from a gun before Callaway fled in Negron’s 2002 Ford Taurus.
A bystander started CPR on Negron, who had been shot in the head, and a responding Waukesha police officer helped in the unsuccessful resuscitation efforts.
Suspect's dad feared for son's life
Callaway's father told Patch's media partners at WISN 12 News this week that he feared his son would not make it out of the manhunt alive.
Callaway has a violent history, including an incident where he chopped off his sister’s ponytail and shaved off her eyebrows. He also has a felony record after taking a 14-year-old girl and her mother’s car to Indiana. After two weeks, the girl wanted to return home to Brookfield because of the violence in Callaway’s family.In February, a former girlfriend — not Negron — filed a restraining order against Callaway, stating Callaway "would hold knives to my throat and a gun to my head and threaten to kill me." She further asserted that Callaway would stalk her outside her place of work, and would choke her, push her and physically and verbally assault her in other ways.
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