RACINE — A Racine man was arrested early Wednesday after an alleged shootout with Racine Police officers, according to a department press release.
According to police:
Officers responded to the area of 11th Street and Villa Street shortly after midnight for a shots-fired call. In the 500 block of 11th Street, officers reportedly saw Joseph Washington, 34, fire a gun from his vehicle.
Police told Washington to drop his gun, but he ignored the orders. Washington allegedly exchanged fire with the officers and drove away in his car before getting out and running on foot.
Washington was arrested in the 1000 block of College Avenue with the assistance of a Mount Pleasant Police Department K-9 unit.
No one was shot during the exchange; however, Washington reportedly was bitten by a police dog and had minor injuries from when he allegedly fled from the officers.
A police officer also suffered minor injuries, said Sgt. Adam Malacara of the Racine Police Department.
The officer involved in the shooting is on paid administrative leave during the shooting investigation.
Third officer-involved shooting
This is the Racine Police Department’s third officer-involved shooting in 2018.
The first incident occurred on Jan. 17 when two police officers working in the Police Department’s gang task force shot and killed Donte Shannon, 26, of Racine after he fled a traffic stop and moments later, reportedly pointed a handgun at the officers after being cornered in a yard in the 1400 block of Park Avenue and ignoring officer commands.
Racine County District Attorney Tricia Hanson said her office would not file charges against the officers after an investigation indicated that they had acted properly in the incident.
The second shooting took place at 2:38 a.m. on March 24. Officers responded to Tropical Paradise for a fight call and were alerted that there was mention of a gun being involved. As officers arrived on scene, they heard gunshots being fired.
Officers located the subject, later identified as 32-year-old Jeremiah Golden, with a gun in his hand and gave him commands to drop the weapon. Golden did not comply and was fired upon by one of the officers. He was struck and received a non-life threatening injury.
Golden was charged with felony counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, use of a dangerous weapon, possession with intent to deliver cocaine, between five and 15 grams, second and subsequent offense; possession of marijuana, second and subsequent offense; possession of a firearm by a felon; and misdemeanor counts of obstructing an officer and possession of a firearm while intoxicated.
He remains in custody on a $15,000 cash bond, online records show. Golden pleaded not guilty to the charges in April. A status conference is set for June 22 at the Law Enforcement Center, 717 Wisconsin Ave.
Anyone with information on the latest shooting is encouraged to call the Racine Police Department Investigations Unit at 262-635-7756.