UPDATE (AP) — Racine police say one of their officers has been killed while trying to stop an armed robbery at a local bar.
A statement from Police Chief Arthel Howell Tuesday says Officer John Hetland, who was off duty, was fatally shot at Teezers bar Monday about 9:40 p.m. when he intervened in the crime.
Multiple law enforcement agencies are searching for the gunman, who was masked when he entered the bar. One of the bar’s owners posted on Facebook that the suspect fired his gun and fled out the back door after a struggle.
Police officers could be seen embracing at the scene of the shooting. Hetland was a 24-year veteran of the Racine Police Department.
UPDATE (WISN) — Racine Police confirm an off-duty officer was shot and killed while trying to stop an armed robbery at Teezers bar.
RACINE (WISN) — One person has died after shots were fired inside a Racine bar Monday night.
The bar, Teezers, is located at 20th Street and Lathrop Avenue.
Witnesses at the scene said a man with a mask went into the bar and shot someone. Officers were seen searching the neighborhood.
A reporter with our Milwaukee affiliate said there were more than 20 squad cars lined up at the scene and K-9s were being brought in.
This is a developing story.