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DOJ: Suspect shot by Racine officers after traffic stop dies

Police investigate shooting in Racine
Posted at 4:30 PM, Jan 17, 2018

RACINE -- A suspect who was shot by Racine police officers Wednesday afternoon has died, the Wisconsin Department of Justice says.

The shooting happened in the 1400 block of Park Ave. just after 4:00 p.m. Officers say they attempted a traffic stop near 14th and Villa Streets when the suspect got out of his car and started running. 

"The fleeing suspect presented a gun and officers fired on the suspect," a news release from the department says. No officers were injured in the shooting. There's no word yet on what may have initially triggered the traffic stop.

"They ran in between the white house and the blue house and that's when I heard gunshots," said witness Chris Hawk. "Around 10 to 15 [shots]."

The officers involved in the shooting have 15 and 16 years of service with the department. They have been placed on administrative lead while the incident is reviewed.

Investigators are interested in any additional information anyone may have about the crime that led up to the shooting. Any witnesses or others with information are asked to contact police at 262-635-7756.

Check back often for updates on this developing story.