RACINE — The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday released a surveillance photograph of the suspect in the fatal shooting of off-duty Racine Police Officer John Hetland on Monday night at Teezers Bar & Grill, 1936 Lathrop Ave.

Radio reports Monday night indicated the shooter was a black man in his 20s, about 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds. Police on the scene Monday night said the man fled north over a fence. He was wearing a navy blue hoodie and black bandanna during the robbery, police said.

Hetland, 49, a 24-year veteran of the Racine Police Department, was shot trying to stop an armed robbery at about 9:40 p.m., police said. He was at the restaurant to meet a friend for dinner, Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth said at a news conference on Tuesday.

No arrests had been made as of Tuesday.

The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department is handling the investigation. It is standard procedure in law enforcement to bring in an outside agency for such an investigation to add impartiality to the probe and to avoid potential conflicts of interest.

Teezers suspect

Authorities are searching for this suspect in Monday night's armed robbery of Teezers Bar & Grill during which John Hetland, an off-duty Racine Police officer, was fatally shot. Anyone with information regarding the investigation should contact Crime Stoppers at 888-636-9330, 262-656-7333 or 800-807-TIPS (8477).

Information sought

The FBI has offered a $20,000 reward and Sturtevant-based Andis Co. has offered a $5,000 reward for information relating to the capture of the suspect.

The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department and Crime Stoppers of Racine County are offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the individual or individuals responsible for Hetland’s death.

Anyone with information may contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 888-636-9330 or submit an online tip at www.racine.crimestoppersweb.com.

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Jonathon Sadowski covers the greater Union Grove and Waterford areas, entertainment and odds and ends for The Journal Times.