Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
|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 Racine Police Department on Friday released a 170-page report on the death of 18-year-old Tyrese West, shot and killed by a Mount Pleasant police officer in June.
The investigative report, released to fulfill open records requests, comes after Racine County District Attorney Patricia Hanson decided last week not to charge Sgt. Eric Giese in West’s death.
"His actions put Sergeant Giese at a disadvantage that he could not overcome by other means," Hanson said in an earlier 23-page report that had provided the most information yet on the circumstances surrounding the shooting.
In that report, Hanson described the following: Giese in his squad car tried to stop West, who was riding a bike about 1:30 a.m. West, who was armed, did not stop, and a chase ensued – the two ended up ditching the squad and bike and running on foot.
Giese believes that West threw the gun and fell to the ground near a fence in a field. Giese stood over him and stepped on West’s hand to try to stop the teen from reaching the gun on the ground. Eventually West wriggled free and had access to his gun, prompting Giese to shoot West three times.
The newly released document includes narratives from other officers who responded to the scene in the early morning hours of June 15 after the shooting.