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.
BREAKING: Suspect arrested in death of John Hetland | Local News I Racine County Eye – Racine, Wisconsin https://t.co/OEGqqdfUuE
— Christopher m sura (@Big_ole_Dog) June 28, 2019
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.
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.
See this video — then see more details on this latest news in the tweets just below:
Police arrest a suspect in the fatal shooting of Racine, Wisconsin police officer John Hetland on June 17. #SiriusXM 115
— garybaumgarten (@garybaumgarten) June 28, 2019
Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth says the man who killed Racine Ofc. John Hetland was captured in Milwaukee, and was brought in "wearing Officer Hetland's handcuffs"
— Bill Walsh (@BillatCBS58) June 27, 2019
Our thoughts are with the families of 5 #police officers who were shot & killed this week: Racine, Wisconsin Officer John Hetland, Cpl. Jose "Speedy" Espericueta of Mission, Texas, Officer Michael Langsdorf of Missouri and Deputy Troy Chisum of Illinois. https://t.co/5Qf1uYOYJc
— Aftermath Services (@Aftermath90) June 27, 2019
Reward in fatal LOD shooting of Racine Wisconsin Police Officer grows to $64,500 https://t.co/PsD9az6tf3
— Blue Lives Matter (@RetiredNYCPD) June 22, 2019
The reward for information leading to an arrest/conviction of the person who shot and killed Racine Police Officer John Hetland has increased to $37,000. Hetland was killed trying to stop an armed robbery at a Tavern this week. pic.twitter.com/cFpOHXteLZ
— Aaron Maybin (@Aaron_Maybin) June 20, 2019