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UPDATE: Chief issues statement on officer-involved shooting


BELOIT (WKOW) -- Beloit Police Chief Norm Jacobs issued a statement regarding an fatal officer-involved shooting Tuesday afternoon, saying the officers involved are doing well, receiving support from their families, the department and the chaplain's service. 

"I am very concerned the officers receive the assistance needed to help them with this traumatic event," Chief Jacobs said

The shooting took place late Tuesday afternoon and is being investigated by the Wisconsin Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation(DCI), as Beloit Police requested.  DCI plans to interview witnesses, officers and others over the next several days, and the Beloit Police Department says it cannot comment further on the shooting before those interviews take place.

The department will also conduct an internal investigation of the officers' actions, and how those actions fit with policy and procedures, following the DCI review.

Those officers involved have been placed on administrative leave. 

"On behalf of the Beloit Police Department, I wish to express my sympathy to all the families involved.  Being a part of a traumatic event as this is a terrible burden for anyone and everyone," stated Chief Jacobs.


BELOIT (WKOW) -- A man is dead after an officer-involved shooting Tuesday afternoon, according to Beloit police.

The suspect who was shot had a warrant out from the Department of Corrections, says Capt. Vincent Sciame of the Beloit Police Department.

Two officers were following the suspect, saw him leave a residence on the 1100 block of 5th St., and then attempted to make a traffic stop on the 100 block of Grand Ave.

"They boxed him in," Sciame said. "They had one squad car in front and one behind him. They approached the vehicle to get him out of the vehicle. He refused to exit the vehicle and attempted to maneuver around them. The officers at that point fired the weapons into the vehicle."  

Sciame would not specify the number of shots fired before the Department of Criminal Investigations completes its investigation. He says police felt threatened by the suspect and opened fire, killing the suspect.

"The officer on the driver's side feared that he would be run over as he was trying to maneuver around him," Sciame said.

Authorities did not know the suspect's criminal history, but say that he was on probation.

Friends of the suspect at the scene also say they do not know why he had been in prison previously, but that he was a good father.

"The little time I've known him, he was not a troublemaker. To me, he was a good father to his daughter. Yes, he might have been a troublemaker. People do wrong. They live and learn. Never would think to this day it would come down like this," said Rhonda Meinen, whose sister has a young child with the suspect. Meinen says she is concerned about how to break the news of his death to her niece.

Agents from the Division of Criminal Investigation were still at the scene late Tuesday night.

The two officers involved in the shooting were not injured. They are on administrative leave, as called for by Beloit Police Department protocol.

Sciame says an autopsy will be performed and police will have more information Wednesday. 


BELOIT (WKOW) -- Police are on scene investigating a shooting in Beloit.

Cpt. William Tyler confirms to 27 News that Beloit police are investigating an officer-involved shooting incident. No other information is available at this time.

A Rock County Communications dispatcher says the call came in at 5:18 p.m. for shots fired at E. Grand Avenue and State Street.

Stay with 27 News and wkow.com for the latest on this developing story.

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