MOUNT PLEASANT — A male subject was killed in an officer-involved shooting early Saturday morning, Mount Pleasant Police Chief Matt Soens said in a news release.
“On Saturday, June 15th, at approximately 1:35 a.m., an officer with the Mount Pleasant Police Department was involved in a deadly force incident in the 2500 block of Racine Street when the officer was forced to discharge their service weapon at an uncooperative male subject,” Soens said in the mid-afternoon news release. “Life-saving measures were rendered, but were unsuccessful.”
The deceased has been identified as Tyrese West, 18, of Racine, Deputy Chief Todd Schulz of the Racine Police Department announced in a news release Saturday evening.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the Mount Pleasant officer attempted to make contact with an individual on a bicycle when the individual fled, Schulz said in the Racine Police news release. Following a short foot pursuit, the officer observed that the individual was armed.
Less-lethal attempts to address the threat were unsuccessful, and commands issued to the armed individual were ignored, Schulz said. Lethal force was used to address the threat of the uncooperative individual, Schulz said.
The Racine Police Department is the primary agency handling the investigation, Soens said, with assistance from the state Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation and the Wisconsin State Patrol. The investigation is ongoing and the public is not in danger, he said.
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Law enforcement had the street closed until about 4 p.m. when it was opened back up, according to witnesses.
Racine County Medical Examiner Michael Payne confirmed Saturday morning that at 1:33 a.m. Saturday, his office was called to the 2500 block of Racine Street for a shooting that was reported by the Mount Pleasant Police Department.
Racine Police Lt. David Wohlgemuth confirmed that the incident was an officer-involved shooting, but referred all other questions regarding the incident to the Mount Pleasant Police Department.
The incident occurred blocks from the Lakeside Community Oriented Policing House located at 2237 Mead St.
Lelia Carrothers lives across from the COP House, and saw the police activity after the incident, but did not know what happened until a neighbor told her.
“It scared me,” Carrothers said. “The last 10 years (the neighborhood has) been smooth ... (the incident) terrified me.”
Carrothers said since the COP House was opened things have been good: “This is a nice, calm neighborhood.”