DOJ leading investigation into fatal officer-involved shooting in Racine

RACINE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is investigating an officer involved critical incident that happened in Racine Friday, May 20.

It happened just after 1 p.m., officials say Racine Police Department Officer Zachary Brenner -- with four years in law enforcement -- attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle that was the subject of a search warrant for a felon in possession of a firearm. 

After a brief pursuit, the driver -- identified as 37-year-old Da’shontay L. King -- fled on foot. 

Following a foot chase, officials say King was seen with a handgun and Brenner discharged his firearm, striking King. 

King was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

A firearm was recovered from the scene and body camera footage captured the incident. 

The officer was not injured. 

DCI is leading this investigation and are assisted by the Wisconsin State Crime Lab, Wisconsin State Patrol, Milwaukee Police Department, Mount Pleasant Police Department, Racine County Sheriff’s Office, Milwaukee County Medical Examiner, Racine County Medical Examiner and DOJ’s Office of Crime Victim Services.

All involved law enforcement are fully cooperating with DCI during this investigation.

DCI is continuing to review evidence and determine the facts of this incident and will turn over investigative reports to the Racine County District Attorney when the investigation concludes.

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