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RACINE – A Racine Police Department officer shot and killed an armed man after attempting to conduct a traffic stop Friday afternoon. The incident occurred at about 1 p.m. near 12th and Schiller streets on the city’s east side.

At a Friday evening press briefing, Racine Police Chief Maurice Robinson stated that “the City of Racine has experienced a 49% increase in shots fired incidents and six gun homicides this year. In an effort to curb the gun violence, Racine Police have been executing search warrants on identified vehicles and persons.”

Racine Police Follows on Foot

When an RPD officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop, a man with a firearm fled from his car on foot. The officer chased the man on foot. Robinson said the officer “gave the man numerous commands to stop and drop to the ground.”

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The active crime scene at around 6:50 p.m. – Credit: Abigail Lamoreaux

The officer followed after the armed individual over a fence and up a small hill. The officer repeatedly gave commands to the man to stop. The armed man refused to follow commands and, according to Robinson’s statement, “took an action that resulted in the pursuing officer discharging his service weapon.”

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The incident occurred at about 1 p.m. near 12th and Schiller streets on the city’s east side. – Credit: Abigail Lamoreaux

Following this, responding officers met at the scene and performed saving measures to attempt to save the man. The man was taken by ambulance to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Officers successfully secured the crime scene area and evidence.

According to Robinson’s statement, the event was captured on the officer’s body camera. The bodycam footage will be given to the Racine County District Attorney’s office. The investigation is being conducted by The Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation and the Wisconsin State Patrol. The Wisconsin Department of Justice Crime Lab is processing the scene.

Robinson said that the names of the man killed and the officer involved in this incident are not being released at this time. The officer has been placed on administrative leave.

This is an ongoing story. Read more on the Racine County Eye.

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