UPDATE: Beloit Officers Cleared in Shooting Death


UPDATE: BELOIT (WIFR) -- Three Beloit police officers have been cleared of any wrongdoing in the shooting death of Darrius Lowery Baptiste last month.

The Rock County District Attorney's Office ruled that Sergeant Dan Tilley and officers Brian Miller and Seth Hendricks' use of deadly force was both legal and appropriate. Sergeant Tilley and Officer Miller boxed in Baptiste.

He was wanted on a warrant and for questioning in a recent shooting. Baptiste refused to get out of the car. While police were trying to break the windows of the car, Baptiste was able to push Tilley's car out of the way enough to make a run at the sergeant. That's when he was shot a number of times.

Police found a gun and cocaine in his possession.


UPDATE: ROCK COUNTY (WIFR) – The Rock County Coroner’s office says the man killed in Tuesday night’s officer-involved shooting, 23-year-old Darrius Lowery-Baptiste, was shot multiple times. The exact number of gunshot wounds won’t be released because the Wisconsin department of criminal investigations is still trying to determine if deadly force was necessary. Police say two officers shot at Baptiste when he tried to ram into one of their squad cars.


UPDATE: BELOIT (WIFR) -- The coroner's office has identified the man killed in yesterday's officer-involved shooting in Beloit as 23-year-old Darrius Lowery-Baptiste.

He was shot just after 5 p.m. last night. Beloit Police Officers had an active arrest warrant for Baptiste and were trying to question him about a series of shootings in May. They attempted to stop his car, but boxing him in. On squad car pulled in front and the second pulled in behind. When the suspect tried to ram the front squad car, we're told two officers fired their guns. A third did not.

It's unknown if Baptiste was armed.


BELOIT (WIFR) -- Two Beloit police officers were involved in a deadly shooting. They were trying to pull a man over, who refused and felt they needed to fire their weapons when the situation got out of control.

Beloit Police Department Captain Vince Sciame says "The officer on that side of the vehicle feared he was going to be ran over and shots were fired by the officers, the suspect unfortunately did not survive."

Investigators with the Drug and Gang Unit say they were following the man, because he was wanted by the Department of Corrections. The shooting happened shortly after he left a home in the 1100 block of 5th Street and ended in Downtown Beloit near Grand and State. The man's name hasn't been released.

Shawnna Meinen The mother of his child says it's tragic for his life to end this way.

"He was on probation, he did have warrants out for his arrest that is true but him trying to run an officer over and trying to get away I just don't believe it. I fee like they had no reason to shoot him now he's dead and he's got a four year old daughter that never going to see him again," Meinen said.

The Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation is now looking into whether deadly force was necessary.

The two officers involved have been place on administrative duties.



UPDATE: Beloit police say the suspect in tonight's officer involved shooting has died. More tonight at 10.


UPDATE: The Beloit Police Department has confirmed the shooting in downtown Beloit was an officer involved shooting. Police say more information will be released later in a press release.


BELOIT (WIFR) -- Police are on the scene of a shooting in downtown Beloit.

It happened around 5:15 Tuesday night near the intersection of East Grand Avenue and State Street.

Right now police aren't releasing much information, but we have a crew on the way.

We'll share more information when we get an update from police.


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