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**Updated 9:30 p.m. July 7

Racine police have confirmed officers have shot and killed a man who was reported as suicidal but threatened police with a weapon.

The man, Rajko Utvic, 37, of Racine, was reported as suicidal during a 911 call early Sunday afternoon. When Racine police officers arrived, Utvic was brandishing a knife and not only refused to put it down but threatened police. One of the officers shot Utvic, and he later died of his injuries.

Racine County Sheriff Chris Schmaling issued a written statement Monday confirming that his office is investigating the incident. He also recognized that Utvic’s family and the officer involved are both experiencing some difficulty.

Officers were called at 12:16 p.m. Sunday to an apartment at 3011 Durand Avenue for a report of a man who was threatening to kill himself. When police arrived, they made contact with Utvic and discovered he was armed with a knife.

Initial reports from our friends at Racine Uncovered indicate the man may have been armed with both a knife and a gun.

Police ordered him to surrender the weapon, but the Utvic refused. When Utvic continued to threaten officers, they opened fire and gravely wounded him. Racine paramedics attempted advanced life saving measures, but Utvic was pronounced dead at Wheaton Franciscan St. Mary’s.

This incident remains under investigation by the Racine County Sheriff’s Department as dictated by the newly passed state law which requires an outside agency for all officer involved shootings.

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3 replies on “Update: Name of Man Killed by Police Released”

  1. So a man threatens suicide and the cops show up and kill him. This makes no sense. He had a knife. He was outnumbered by the cops. Whatever happened to talking the suicidal person out of his thoughts? He should never have died. He was a good person and has a very nice family.

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