UPDATE: Racine officers cleared in fatal shooting

UPDATED: Monday, July 29, 2014 --- 5:09 p.m.

RACINE, Wis. (AP) -- An investigation has cleared two Racine police officers in the shooting of a man they said was wielding a knife.

Rajko Utvic, 37, was killed July 6 by officers responding to a 911 call from a man who said he had taken 100 Ibuprofen pills.

Police said the man refused to drop the knife, and he was shot when he came at officers Craig Klepel and Mathias Zinnen.

An investigation by the Racine County Sheriff's Office said witnesses confirmed the officers' accounts. They said officers tried to stop Utvic with electronic shock devices, but they didn't work.

A summary of the report from Racine police said the investigation found Utvic suffered from mental illness. It didn't provide details.

The officers have returned to duty.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press
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RACINE, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities have released the name of a Racine man fatally shot after a confrontation with police officers.

The Racine County sheriff's office identifies the man as 37-year-old Rajko Utvic.

The sheriff's office says two Racine police officers responded to a 911 call on Sunday and found Utvic armed with a knife.

Authorities say Utvic refused orders to drop the knife and advanced on the officers. He was shot and killed by one of the officers.

The names of the officers were not released. The sheriff's office will investigate the shooting and forward its findings to the district attorney's office.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press
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RACINE, Wis. (AP) -- The Racine Police Department says a man has died after an officer-involved shooting.

Lt. David Wohlgemuth says officers responding to a report of a suicidal individual entered an apartment in Racine on Sunday afternoon and encountered a man with a weapon.

Wohlgemuth says police shot the man after he failed to comply with commands to drop the weapon and his actions continued to threaten the officers. It was not immediately clear what type of weapon the man had.

The man was transported to Wheaton Franciscan Hospital, where he died. Police did not identify the victim or officers involved.

The Racine County Sheriff's Office will investigate the shooting.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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