Update: Officer Involved Shooting Investigation in the City of Beloit

Dec 20 2021

BELOIT, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is investigating an officer involved shooting (OIS) in the City of Beloit, Wis., that occurred on the evening of Wednesday, December 15, 2021.


At approximately 7:44 pm on December 15, 2021, a Beloit Police Department sergeant came upon a traffic accident near Prairie Avenue and Copeland Avenue in the City of Beloit. While investigating the traffic accident, a subject on foot attempted to take the sergeant’s firearm. The sergeant discharged their firearm, striking the subject. The subject was taken to a local hospital and is expected to survive.


No law enforcement personnel were injured during the incident.


The involved officer from the Beloit Police Department is Shannon Dykstra, a 13 year veteran of the department. Dykstra has been placed on administrative assignment, per department policy.


There is no danger to the public at this time.


DCI is leading this investigation and is assisted by Wisconsin State Patrol and the Wisconsin State Crime Lab. All involved law enforcement are fully cooperating with DCI during this investigation.


DCI is continuing to review evidence and determine the facts of this incident. While the investigation is ongoing, records, including audio and video files, will not be released to protect the integrity of the investigation. DCI will turn over investigative reports to the Rock County District Attorney when the investigation concludes.


Please direct all media inquiries regarding this incident to Wisconsin DOJ.