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A 34-year-old Racine man who exchanged gunfire with a Racine police officer Wednesday faces a number of felony charges.
Washington, who is being held in the Racine County Jail on a $100,000 cash bond, also is charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of a firearm while intoxicated and obstructing an officer.
The felony charges carry a total fine of $85,000 and 38 years, six months in prison. The misdemeanors carry a fine of $20,000 and one year, six months in the county jail.
According to the criminal complaint:
An officer on patrol in the area of 11th and Villa streets heard gunshots as he traveled north. The officer exchanged shots with the defendant, who fled in his vehicle, in reverse, from the area east on 11th Street to College Avenue. The vehicle was abandoned, and the defendant fled on foot before he was apprehended by police with the use of a Taser and a K9 unit.
Police found a firearm, a magazine and a loose round in the backyard of a residence on College Avenue, along with a potted plant that had been damaged.
A check of footage from the officer’s squad car revealed that Washington shot his firearm twice in close proximity to the officer, who then returned fire. Police spoke with the defendant at the hospital, who stated he had been intoxicated the previous night and could not remember any of the events. A portable breath test revealed a blood alcohol content of .081.
During a search of the defendant’s vehicle, police also located approximately an ounce of marijuana. The vehicle’s owner, Washington’s cousin, stated she had loaned her vehicle to him and that he had not returned it.
Washington is due back in Racine County Circuit Court on June 20 for a 9 a.m. preliminary hearing.
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