Racine Officer Involved Death Investigation

Jan 17 2018

MADISON, Wis. – Earlier this evening, the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) responded to a critical incident in Racine at the request of City of Racine Police Chief Art Howell.


Two Racine police officers conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of 14th Street and Villa Street. The driver of the vehicle fled on foot and was pursued by the officers. The officers witnessed the vehicle’s driver brandish a firearm and responded with gun fire, striking the driver.


The driver of the vehicle passed away while being transported to a local hospital by paramedics. The decedent’s identity is not being released at this time.


The involved officers are not injured and have been placed on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of this investigation, per department policy. The officers’ identities are not being released at this time.


The Wisconsin DOJ-led investigation of this incident has been a collaboration between DCI, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Pleasant Prairie Police Department, and Mt. Pleasant Police Department. The Racine Police Department has been fully cooperating with DCI during this investigation.


DCI is continuing to collect evidence and determine the facts of this incident and will turn over investigative reports to the Racine County District Attorney when the investigation concludes.


No additional details are available at this time. Please contact the Wisconsin Department of Justice with media inquiries.