Police pursuit ends in exchanged gunfire, suspect shot and killed

NOW: Police pursuit ends in exchanged gunfire, suspect shot and killed

RACINE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A man was shot and killed by police in the early morning hours of Monday, May 22, following a pursuit that started after a traffic stop and domestic incident investigation.

According to investigators, Mount Pleasant police received a call about a domestic incident where shots were fired around 10:10 p.m. Sunday. The suspect for that incident left before officers arrived.

Hours later, Racine police attempted to do a traffic stop of the suspect in the city of Racine. The suspect then ran away and led officers near Clayton and Howland Avenues.

Authorities said the suspect attempted to hide from police but was ultimately located and ordered to surrender.

At a media briefing Monday, Racine officials said the suspect refused to comply with the orders.

"As officers approached the subject, the subject shot at officers, officers exchanged gunfire with the subject; as a result, the subject was fatally wounded," Racine Police Assistant Chief Alex Ramirez said.

In a video shared to CBS 58 by someone who lives close by, several shots are heard being fired.

"Kind of traumatic, it's something to hear that many gunshots like that out of nowhere, I thought maybe the guy was going to come out," Kenneth Sinsun, a resident of the neighborhood and witness to the shooting, told CBS 58. "And to hear those guns go off like that is really something I've never really witnessed before."

Other witnesses described the shooting as involving at least 30 shots.

No officers were hurt. Officials from the Racine and Mount Pleasant police departments were placed on administrative leave. The final number of those who will remain on leave will be determined after they are interviewed in the coming days.

Racine police said a gun was recovered but no other information would be shared as the Wisconsin Department of Justice's Division of Criminal investigation is leading the investigation of the incident.

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