RACINE, WI – A $5 million cash bond was set Monday for a Milwaukee man accused of shooting Racine Police officer John Hetland June 17 during an armed robbery at a Racine bar.
Dalquavis Ward, 26, of Milwaukee, had an initial appearance Monday in front of Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch.
Ward was charged by the Kenosha County District Attorney’s Office with first-degree intentional homicide – use of a dangerous weapon, armed robbery, and possession of a firearm by a felon. If convicted of all three charges, he faces a life sentence plus 53 years in prison and fines up to $125,000.
According to the criminal complaint, the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department responded at 11 p.m. June 17 to Teezer’s Bar, 1936 Lathrop Ave., for a report of a homicide investigation after an armed robbery. Hetland died at the scene after being shot in the chest with a 9mm gun at about 9:40 p.m.
Watch the press conference about Ward’s arrest.
The first person to call the Racine County Communications Center said the armed man — later identified as Ward — wore a black bandana over his face. The suspect was described as “a light-skinned male black or Hispanic, five-foot 10-inches tall to 6-feet one inch tall, and 160 to 180 pounds,” according to the complaint.
The person also wore black pants, a black hooded sweatshirt, a black facemask, and black shoes.
Video obtained from the scene showed that at about 9:37 p.m., Ward approached the bar from the west on 20th Street.
“The defendant matches the descriptors provided by witnesses,” the complaint reads. “(He) is seen holding the front pocket of the hooded sweatshirt with his right hand where it appears a gun is being concealed.”
Ward tried to open a door with his bare hand, but it led to the apartments upstairs and not to the bar. Speaking to two patrons sitting at a nearby picnic table, one of the patrons told investigators that Ward asked them if they had a key and he showed them the gun. The patron told Ward that he could use a nearby unlocked door.
Walking into the bar at 9:38 p.m. holding the gun, Ward walked to the cash register and told the bartender to give him all of the money. The bartender — seeing the gun — started to empty the cash register and placed the money into Ward’s left hand. Hetland, who was sitting on the south side of the bar, saw what was happening and climbed over the bar. The bartender ran out the front and hid behind a garbage can.
Ward and Hetland started to fight. Fourteen seconds later, Ward pushed him back two to three feet. Ward fired the gun at his chest. He ran out of the bar through the kitchen with the cash in his hand.
Investigators collected DNA evidence from the doorknob at Teezer’s Bar, Hetland’s body, and his shirt and sent it to the Wisconsin Crime Lab in Milwaukee.
“Analysis of DNA extracted from the shirt, swabs of Hetland’s body and swabs from the rear doorknob at Teezers all confirmed the Wisconsin offender linked to the evidence collected as Dalquavis T. Ward… the defendant,” the complaint reads.
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