Suspect in custody in slain Racine officer case

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A person is in custody, now 10 days after John Hetland was shot and killed at a Racine bar.

Investigators have arrested a suspect wanted in the fatal shooting of an off-duty Racine police officer.

Officer John Hetland, 49, was fatally shot June 17 while trying to stop an armed robbery at a bar.

Officers held a press conference in Racine, but did not answer any questions about the investigation or arrest.

The suspect’s name has not yet been released.

“He is wearing Officer Hetland’s handcuffs, and that feels good,” Sheriff David Beth said.

Investigators have not said what charges the suspect faces.

Hetland, a 24-year veteran of the department was laid to rest Wednesday.


Racine (WQOW) – A person is in custody, now 10 days after John Hetland was shot and killed at a Racine bar.

Few other details are available from Racine County authorities, other than there will be a press conference at 5:30 p.m

Officials say, “The press conference will be in regard to a suspect that is in custody for City of Racine Police Officer Hetland’s murder.”

This is a developing story and will be updated. 

 

Clint Berge

Clint Berge

Clint Berge is the Social Media & Digital Content Manager for Eau Claire's Own WQOW News 18. Report any website issues to him at cberge@wqow.com

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