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Teezers reopens after deadly officer shooting, bar honors officer

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RACINE (CBS 58) -- As the search continues for the suspect who shot and killed Racine Police Officer John Hetland, the bar where the shooting took place reopened Friday morning. 

One customer was visibly emotional as he returned to Teezers bar Friday morning.

He was inside the bar when the shooting happened and he says he felt the need to come to face his fear and anxiety head on.

A plaque was put up inside the bar with fallen Officer Hetland’s badge number on it and a banner was put up outside the bar in order to honor him.

Then, loved ones did a cheers to him.

Racine Police Officer John Hetland was shot and killed at Teezers by a masked gunman on Monday night. Hetland tried to stop a robbery.

Law enforcement has been working tirelessly to track down the suspect.

A reward for information has grown to more than $48,000, including a donation from Teezers bar.

As hard as it was for many inside the bar Friday when it reopened, one regular customer says it’s important for them to be there.

“I just would like for things to come back to normal and for people to be okay again and to know that he’s in a better place and come have fun and still enjoy your time at Teezers. You know because it’s not a bad place. It was just a bad situation, good place,” Jonathan James said.

If you have any information that could lead to an arrest, you are urged to call the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office, that is handling the case.

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