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RACINE, Wisconsin – Wednesday morning at 9:47 a.m., a person from Cliffside Park in the Village of Caledonia contacted the Racine County Communication Center. This person reported a male suspect lying face down on a trail and not moving. The suspect was dressed all in black.


What you need to know

  • Wednesday morning at 9:47 a.m., a person from Cliffside Park in the village of Caledonia contacted the Racine County Communication Center. This person reported that a male suspect was lying face down on a trail and not moving
  • A deputy sheriff and two Caledonia police officers were dispatched to the scene. When they arrived, they said the suspect “fired a firearm.” The officers took cover
  • RCSO said officers attempted to negotiate with the suspect multiple times, but the suspect “performed actions that compelled law enforcement officers from multiple jurisdictions to discharge their firearms and strike the offender.” RCSO called the incident a “tactical standoff.”


The caller said he did not feel safe when he approached the suspect.

A deputy and two Caledonia police officers were dispatched to the scene. When they arrived, they said the suspect “discharged a firearm.” Officers took cover.

The Racine County Sheriff's Office (RCSO) said a tactical response was initiated involving multiple law enforcement agencies and first responders, including the RCSO, Caledonia Police Department, Mount Pleasant Police Department, Wisconsin State Patrol and the Caledonia Fire Department.

According to RCSO, officers attempted to negotiate with the suspect multiple times. However, the suspect “took actions that forced police officers from multiple jurisdictions to discharge their firearms and strike the offender.” RCSO called the incident a “tactical standoff.”

The suspect was pronounced dead at Cliffside Park despite life-saving efforts by first responders.

The suspect was later identified as a 37-year-old white male. RCSO said he has ties to both the City of Racine and the Village of Mount Pleasant.

RCSO had already issued an emergency alert on Wednesday, advising people to avoid the Cliffside Park area. Residents of Michna Road between 6 Mile and 7 Mile Road were told to seek shelter on the lowest floors of their homes.

RCSO said there was no further danger to the public as of Wednesday evening as a result of the incident.

According to RCSO, the officers who were “involved in the use of deadly force” were placed on leave. This is standard protocol, RCSO said.

Outside agencies have been hired to conduct investigations, including the Wisconsin Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigations (DCI), the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory and the Wisconsin State Patrol. The DCI said it is reviewing evidence and plans to submit investigative reports to the Racine County District Attorney.

DCI said all law enforcement officials involved were cooperating with the investigation.

RCSO said it would not release any further details at this time and that there were no plans to hold a press conference.

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