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Charges filed in Racine officer-involved shooting

Posted at 3:30 PM, Feb 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-15 16:30:15-05

The suspect in a Racine officer-involved shooting was charged Friday.

Hunter Hanson, 20, had active warrants for his arrest when he drove full speed toward a Racine officer, making him fear for his life.

On Dec. 20, the officer spotted a vehicle associated with Hanson on in the 1600 block of Boyd Ave.

The officer made himself visible to Hanson by shouting his name. Hanson responded by jumping into his vehicle, and "gunning" it in the direction of the officer.

The officer believed Hanson was going to kill him, so he fired his gun in his direction. At this time, other officers began a vehicle pursuit after Hanson but eventually lost him after he failed to stop at multiple stop signs.

Hanson is charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, Repeater, Repeater, Disorderly Conduct, Repeater, Use of a Dangerous Weapon, Disorderly Conduct, Repeater, Attempt First Degree Intentional Homicide, Repeater and Attempting to Flee or Elude an Officer, Repeater.

He faces fines over $30,000 and/or more than 80 years in prison if convicted.

The officer who shot at Hanson was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.