Off-duty Racine officer killed trying to stop armed robbery suspect

RACINE, Wis. — A search is underway for a gunman after an off-duty police officer was shot and killed at a bar in Racine.

The shooting happened around 9:40 p.m. Monday at Teezers Bar, located at 1936 Lathrop Avenue, reported WGN.

Police said Officer John Hetland, who was off-duty, witnessed an armed robbery and while attempting to stop the suspect, was fatally shot.

The Racine Police Department is announcing his death as a “line of duty death” because he stepped into action, despite the fact that he was off-duty. Officer Hetland was a 24-year veteran of the department.


Officer John Hetland (Racine Police Department)

In a statement the police department said, “Officer Hetland was a trusted and highly respected member of the department, serving in various positions over the years, including an assignment as a field training officer, as well as a member of the Greater Racine FBI Gang Task Force.”

According to the report, Hetland leaves behind two children.

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An investigation is underway. No one is in custody.

Anyone with information are urged to contact the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department at (262) 656-1234.


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