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Racine, Kenosha law enforcement up reward for suspect in Racine officer's death to $48,500

Posted at 12:18 PM, Jun 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-21 08:20:26-04

The reward is now up from $20,000 to $48,500 for information that leads to the capture of the suspect involved in the murder of Racine Officer John Hetland. Racine's Andis Company contributes an additional $15,000, Culver's adds $5,000, Hiawatha Bar adds $2,000, and $6,500 from Racine crime stoppers.

The community has come out to support the fallen officer by creating a memorial including a drawing from a little girl to her father, cards of sympathy and flowers.

Officer Hetland was shot and killed while intervening in an armed robbery at Teezers Tavern in Racine Monday night.

The suspect involved is described as 5 ft. 8 in tall and was seen wearing a black mask and black sweatpants at the time of the incident.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Kenosha or Racine Sheriff's Departments. The number for the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department is 262-656-1234. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 262-636-9330.

"We want to get every shred of evidence that we can," said Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth.

The department has already received over 100 tips in this case.