Standoff Near Union Grove Ends With Gunfire & Death

Jan. 16, 2023 11:30p; Updated at midnight to reflect death; 1-20--The individual identified in the story as the possible suspect was in fact the man who died, according to KSD

(WGTD)---A tense standoff at the Racine/Kenosha County line near Union Grove late Monday afternoon ended in a barrage of gunfire and the death of a suspect. 

The incident began in the Burlington area with a high-speed chase that ended in a field near U.S. 45 and County ‘K-R.’ The driver ran off with a gun. A perimeter was set up.

For nearly an hour, officers tried to get the man to surrender. Just before shots were fired, an officer could be heard on a scanner frequency saying that the suspect was walking toward them, still holding a gun.

WGTD reporter Earlene Frederick was standing a safe distance away with others and captured the sounds of a barrage of gunfire. 

The state Justice Department has been called in to investigate, something that’s mandatory with officer-involved shootings in Wisconsin. A release from the DOJ said that the involved deputies from the Kenosha and Racine county sheriff's departments and troopers from the State Patrol have been placed on administrative assignment. 

The release confirms that no law enforcement personnel were injured. 

It’s not clear whether the suspect is a 24-year-old Racine man who’d been released on bail after he allegedly tried to run over a police officer in 2019. The man started skipping court appearances late last year and was being sought on a warrant.

Meanwhile, a standoff in Kenosha at about the same time Monday ended peacefully. A man wanted on felony domestic violence charges led police on a chase. The pursuit, though, was quickly terminated after officers learned that a child was in the vehicle. The man was tracked down to a home in the 6200 blk. of 25th Ave. Negotiators talked the man into surrendering.

As for the child, he—or she—had been handed off to a neighbor before officers arrived at the home.