Man charged in the 2006 South Shore Park shooting that killed two is found dead in his jail cell

The Milwaukee County Jail building in Milwaukee.
The Milwaukee County Jail building in Milwaukee.

The 49-year-old Milwaukee man charged in the 2006 shooting in South Shore Park that killed two and injured three others during a Memorial Day picnic died in his jail cell Sunday morning, according to authorities. The cause of his death is unknown at this time.

According to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office, at approximately 6:30 a.m., a man was found unresponsive in his cell. The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office would later identify the man as Octaviano Juarez-Corro.

Milwaukee County Jail personnel began lifesaving measures, including CPR and the use of an Automated External Defibrillator. Eventually, the Milwaukee Fire Department arrived to take over.

Juarez-Corro was in a single-occupant cell and showed no obvious signs of injury or trauma, the MCSO said.

Despite lifesaving efforts, Juarez-Corro could not be revived and was pronounced deceased at 6:45 a.m. — just 15 minutes after he was found. The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department will lead the investigation as state law does not allow a police agency to investigate itself in such a circumstance in order to prevent impropriety.

Juarez-Corro is accused of showing up uninvited at South Shore Park to confront his wife, with whom he was in the final stages of a divorce, the FBI said at the time

After being told he could not see his 3-year-old daughter, Juarez-Corro allegedly produced a handgun, demanded five people at the party get down on their knees and then shot them “execution-style” before they even had a chance to follow his instructions, according to the FBI. Two of the five died.

Juarez-Corro’s wife suffered two gunshot wounds but survived. Hundreds of other people were in the park at the time of the shooting.

Juarez-Corro was placed on the FBI’s top 10 most wanted list in September 2021, offering up to $100,000 for information leading to his arrest. After receiving a tip, law enforcement arrested him in Zapopan, Guadalajara, Mexico the following February.

He was extradited to Milwaukee in September 2022. Juarez-Corro had been detained in Milwaukee County Jail on two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and three counts of attempted first-degree attempted homicide. He had been held on a $1.5 million bail since October.

Juarez-Corro's autopsy is scheduled for Monday, the medical examiner's office said.

Elliot Hughes of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel staff contributed to this report.

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