Off-duty Wis. LEO fatally shot while intervening in robbery

The officer served with the Racine Police Department for 24 years

Duty Death: Officer John D. Hetland - [Racine Police Department, Wisconsin]

End of Service: 06/18/2019


By PoliceOne Staff

RACINE, Wis. — An off-duty officer was shot and killed Monday night while intervening in an armed robbery. According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, Officer John Hetland saw the robbery occurring outside of a bar and took immediate action.

As Hetland was intervening, the suspect opened fire and fatally wounded him. The suspect fled the scene and is still at large.

Officer John D. Hetland (Photo/ Racine Police Department)
Officer John D. Hetland (Photo/ Racine Police Department)

Hetland served with the Racine Police Department for 24 years and is survived by his parents and two children.

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