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UPDATE: Beloit police who shot at suspect cleared


UPDATE: The Rock Co. District Attorney says two police officers acted within the law and their training in an officer-involved shooting in Beloit.

Christopher Rutherford

UPDATED Monday, June 2, 2014 --- 2:28 p.m.

BELOIT, Wis. (AP) -- Two Beloit police officers who shot at a fleeing suspect will soon be back at work.

The Rock County district attorney's office found that Officers Dave Elrod and Amy Copeland were acting under their duties as law officers when they shot at 40-year-old Christopher Rutherford of Beloit.

Rutherford is accused of running over his ex-girlfriend, 47-year-old Sheila Rosenbaum of Beloit, with her van and killing her on May 11. He's charged with first-degree reckless homicide.

Police fired at the van, and Rutherford crashed and was caught by a resident. Rutherford was shot at least once and was hospitalized for about 10 days.

The Beloit Daily News (http://bit.ly/1m6f9Yy ) reports District Attorney David O'Leary commended the officers for "attempting to prevent further loss of life."

Rutherford is due back in court Tuesday.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Friday, May 30, 2014 --- 5:08 p.m.

The Rock Co. District Attorney says two police officers acted within the law and their training in an officer-involved shooting in Beloit.

The incident happened May 11th. Police say Christopher Rutherford hit and killed a woman while running from police.

Police say Rutherford got into the van parked in a driveway and revved the engine. Police attempted to tase him, but his clothes were too baggy. Rutherford took off, hitting and killing Sheila Rosenbaum who was standing in front of the van. Officers shot Rutherford as he drove by.

Rutherford was shot in the shoulder and survived. He is charged with homicide for Rosenbaum's death.

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UPDATED: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 --- 5:55 p.m.

40-year-old Christopher Rutherford appeared in Rock County Court today, charged with 1st degree reckless homicide in the death of his ex-girlfriend, Sheila Rosenbaum. According to the criminal complaint, Rutherford and Rosenbaum lived together until about a month ago. The night of May 11, Rutherford was high on crack cocaine and had been drinking, and went to her home. Neighbors say they heard screaming, and heard Rosenbaum calling for help when Rutherford refused to leave. Rosenbaum called police, and when they arrived, officers say the two were fighting, and they saw a knife in Rutherford's pants.

The complaint says Rutherford, who would later tell police he was worried about being arrested because of owing past child support, got into the van parked in the driveway and revved the engine. Police attempted to Tase him, but his clothes were too baggy. Rutherford took off, hitting and killing Rosenbaum who was standing in front of the van. Witnesses say both officers on scene fired at the van. Rutherford lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a nearby tree. He tried to get out and run, but neighbors chased him down and held him until police got there. The complaint says Rutherford held a box cutter to his own throat, but police Tased him before he could hurt himself. Police then discovered he had a gunshot wound in the middle of his back, and took him to the emergency room.

Rutherford is being held on $100,000 cash bail.

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UPDATED Tuesday, May 20, 2014 --- 3:45 p.m.

Beloit Police say the the man who allegedly hit and killed a woman while fleeing from police has been discharged from the hospital and has been arrested.

Christopher Rutherford was arrested on the following charges:

1st Degree Reckless Homicide
Felony Fleeing Resulting in Death
An Arrest Warrant / Commitment – Theft

Sheila Rosenbaum died in the incident. Rutherford is expected in court Wednesday.

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UPDATED Monday, May 12, 2014-- 5:40 p.m.

"I heard a big bang. I was watching TV. I opened the door up and I seen the van hitting the tree over there," recalled a neighbor.

It all started up the street on 10th when Sheila Rosenbaum called police to tell them she didn't want him at her house. When they arrived, Rutherford took off, hitting Rosenbaum on the way. She later died at the hospital.

"I just heard pop pop pop, 4 or 5 shots," said neighbor, Tim Baars.

Officers fired shots while Rutherford took off down the street.

"The officers did draw their weapons and an undetermined amount of shots were fired," said Beloit Police Captain, Dan Risse.

That's when Rutherford lost control and crashed into the tree on Roosevelt. But it doesn't end there. Rutherford started running.

Tim Baars saw the whole thing happen right in his front yard..

"The tree's wrecked. He hit it so hard the house shook," said Baars.

He said he wasn't going to let Rutherford get away with it.

"I come out my door and chased him down it."

Officers caught up with Rutherford a couple blocks down on 9th Street. He had a gunshot wound.

It's an incident that's left neighbors wanting to leave.

"I want to get out of Beloit," said Wayne Straight.

Rutherford was taken to the hospital for his gun shot wound. The Wisconsin Department of Justice is investigating the officer involved shooting.

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UPDATED Monday, May 12, 2014 --- 9:25 a.m.

BELOIT, Wis. (AP) -- Beloit police say a woman is dead after being hit and killed by a man fleeing officers.

According to a police department news release, officers went to a residence at 7:40 p.m. Sunday on an unwanted person complaint, where they found 47-year-old Sheila Rosenbaum and a 40-year-old man.

Officers attempted to arrest the man but he allegedly jumped in a vehicle and hit Rosenbaum. Police say officers fired at the vehicle and he crashed a short distance away.

Police say he tried to run again but officers caught him. Police found he had a gunshot wound and he was taken to a hospital.

Captain Dan Risse says the two knew each other but he didn't know the exact relationship.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice is investigating the officer involved shooting.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted Monday May 12, 2014 -- 6:46 a.m.

A Beloit woman is dead after a man hit her with his vehicle while fleeing police.

Sheila Rosenbaum,47, called Beloit Police around 7:30 p.m. Sunday night to report an unwanted person.

When police arrived, Christopher Rutherford,40, fled the scene. While fleeing he hit Rosenbaum with his car. Rosenbaum was transported to the hospital where she was later died.

As Rutherford was driving away, officers fired gun shots at the vehicle.

Rutherford crashed on the 800 block of Roosevelt Ave. He tried to run away, but officers caught him on the 700 block of 9th St. When police arrested him, they noticed he had a gunshot wound. Rutherford was taken to the hospital.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice is investigating the officer involved shooting.


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