|Mount Pleasant Sgt. Eric Giese was identified as the police officer who shot and killed Tyrese West on June 15. (Photo: Village of Mount Pleasant Police Department)|
The police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Tyrese West in Mount Pleasant on June 15 was identified as Sgt. Eric Giese, a 12-year veteran of the village's Police Department, according to a news release from the state Department of Justice.
Giese has been a sergeant for a year and a half. He was placed on administrative leave immediately following the incident.
The Racine Police Department, which is handling the investigation, reported that a Mount Pleasant officer tried around 1:30 a.m. to approach West, who was riding a bike without proper lights in the 2500 block of Racine Street.
According to the DOJ, West fled on the bicycle and Giese pursued the teenager on foot.
Following a short foot pursuit, Giese observed West was armed with a gun.
Various nonlethal methods were used by Giese in an attempt to address the threat, including verbal commands and the deployment of electronic control devices, the DOJ said.
After the nonlethal attempts were unsuccessful, Giese fatally shot West. The DOJ said life-saving measures were rendered but unsuccessful.
A handgun was recovered from the scene.
Members of the Racine Police Department Investigative Division and a Racine Police Department Chaplain notified the immediate family on the date of the shooting. Follow-up contact with immediate family members will occur as additional information becomes available, the DOJ said.