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Reward for information on murder of officer exceeds $70,000
Officer Hetland SLAYING

Reward for information on murder of officer exceeds $70,000

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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).

RACINE — The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who shot and killed Racine Police Officer John Hetland was at $70,500 as of Sunday afternoon.

Hetland was killed when he attempted to intervene in an armed robbery at Teezers Bar & Grill, 1936 Lathrop Ave., while he was off duty June 17.

According to the Racine Neighborhood Watch Facebook page, those contributing to the reward are the FBI at $20,000; Andis Company at $15,000; Culver’s at $5,000 and Crime Stoppers of Racine County at $13,500 (including $5,000 from the Wisconsin Professional Police Association, $2,000 from Teezers, $2,000 from the Hiawatha Bar in Sturtevant and $2,000 from Floyd’s Towing in Mount Pleasant.)

In addition, Joey LeGath, owner of four Racine-area taverns, said he is putting up $5,000; and Dickie’s Bar owner Tom Durgom said he is putting up $2,000.

And Friday night, Police Chief Art Howell said he had received a pledge of $5,000 from the leadership team at Educators Credit Union to add to the growing reward fund. On Sunday Howell added that he’d received an additional pledge of $5,000 from Karl Rajani of American Telehealthcare. Rajani is one of the new co-owners of the Riverside Inn.

Anyone with information regarding the investigation should contact Crime Stoppers at 888-636-9330, 262-656-7333 or 800-807-TIPS (8477).

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Caitlin Sievers covers education in Racine County with a primary focus on Racine Unified School District. Before moving to the Racine area she worked at small papers in Indiana, Illinois and Nebraska.

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