July 30, 2013
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Video: Wis. police fatally shoot fleeing suspect

Police were cleared of any wrongdoing for killing the suspect, as they feared for the safety of their officers and community

By Shaun Zinck
Beloit Daily News

BELOIT, Wis. — Two Beloit Police officers fired on the fleeing vehicle driven by Darrius Lowery-Baptiste because they felt one of the officers and other citizens in the downtown commercial district were in immediate danger, according to reports compiled by the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation.

Police had been conducting surveillance of Darrius Lowery-Baptiste on the day he was fatally shot by officers, according to interviews given by the officers to state investigators.

Video of the incident was captured by the dash-camera of a Beloit squad car arriving on the scene just as it unfolded. The video shows one unmarked police vehicle in the front and another in the back of Lowery-Baptiste’s vehicle, a white Ford Taurus, attempting to prevent him from fleeing. Officers in the two vehicles had been watching Lowery-Baptiste and engineered the blocking maneuver in an attempt to take him into custody.

Full Story: Officers felt citizens at-risk

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