RACINE — The suspect shot multiple times during an officer-involved shooting Wednesday has died, according to a Department of Justice news release.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation responded to a critical incident in Racine Wednesday at the request of City of Racine Police Chief Art Howell.
Two Racine police officers conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of 14th Street and Villa Street Wednesday around 4 p.m. The driver of the vehicle fled on foot and was pursued by the officers. The officers witnessed the vehicle’s driver showing a firearm and responded with gun fire, striking the driver.
“The operator of that vehicle fled the vehicle,” said Racine Police Malacara said. “He ended up in the 1400 block of Park Avenue and our officers followed in pursuit. They chased him into the yard of one of the homes. He presented with a gun and aimed it at the officers. The officers fired upon him and he was struck multiple times.”
The driver of the vehicle died while being transported to a local hospital by paramedics, the Department of Justice release said. The suspect’s identity is not being released at this time.
The involved officers are not injured and have been placed on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of this investigation, per department policy, the release said. The offier's identities are not being released at this time.
The officers were 15- and 16-year veterans of the force, according to Malacara. He said that for the most part, the officers were doing alright as of Wednesday evening.
“Obviously any incident like this is a traumatic incident,” Malacara said.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice-led investigation of this incident has been a collaboration between DCI, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Pleasant Prairie Police Department and Mount Pleasant Police Department. The Racine Police Department has been fully cooperating with DCI during this investigation.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation is continuing to collect evidence and determine the facts of this incident and will turn over investigative reports to the Racine County District Attorney when the investigation concludes.
The Journal Times will update the story as more information becomes available.