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Suspect Arrested in Fatal Shooting of Police Officer in Racine, Wisconsin

The armed robber was dressed in black, wore a mask over his mouth — and opened fire at an off-duty law enforcement professional

Police on Thursday arrested a suspect in the June 17 fatal shooting of Officer John Hetland of Racine, Wisconsin, Fox News is reporting.

The arrest was made in Milwaukee, according to other reports.

The murdered officer was a 24-year veteran of the department.

He had been off-duty at the time and had been at a local tavern, Teezers Bar and Grill.

That’s when an armed robber “went behind the bar and demanded money and wielded a gun,” according to David Beth, the Kenosha County sheriff.

Hetland, snapping into action, actually jumped behind the bar to try to tackle the suspect.

But in the struggle, the man fatally shot the officer and then fled.

Police authorities released photos of the suspect.

He was dressed all in black and wore a mask over his mouth.

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Authorities were offering a reward of $78,000 for information leading to Hetland’s killer, Fox also reported.

The deceased officer was member of the board of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA), according to the same report; he was also the father of two children.

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