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Shooter who wounded US Marshal in Racine took his own life, officials say

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Posted at 8:29 AM, Oct 06, 2021

RACINE — The U.S. Marshals Service says a person who shot and injured a federal agent in Racine Wednesday morning has taken his own life.

A statement from the federal agency said "members of the task force did not fire, but the subject apparently took his own life.”

The Racine Police Department said in a statement that Racine police officers and US Marshals agents attempted to serve a search warrant at a home at 3722 Clairmont Street. They were seeking a person wanted for charges including aggravated assault and weapons violations.

Racine police said when law enforcement attempted to contact the person at the door of the home, officers were fired upon from within the home. That is when a federal agent was hit by gunfire, police said.

Police also say law enforcement did not return fire.

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Negotiations began, in which several children and adults left the home. After negotiations had ended, officers entered the home and found the suspect dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The injured agent is in stable condition, police said.

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People who live within a three-mile radius of the standoff received an emergency alert to stay in their homes.

Witnesses describe seeing the huge police presence overtake the area.

"All of the sudden we saw officers in all black jump a fence to get closer to the house," said Erna Sabic. "Then, we saw them throw something to break a window. I think it was a smoke bomb, because we saw smoke and heard loud bangs. We couldn't see anything through the smoke, all we could hear were the police radios."

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Any witnesses, or citizens with information, are urged to call the Racine Police Department Investigations Unit at (262) 635-7756. Those who wish to remain anonymous may contact Crime Stoppers by phone at (262) 636-9330, or through the Crime Stoppers app by using the p3 app.

Police sent out a mobile push alert asking those in the area of 3720 Clairmont Street to remain inside until the situation is resolved.

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