Two RPD Officers Recovering from Gunshot Wounds in DV Incident

Jan. 18, 12:20p

(WGTD)---Two Racine Police officers are recovering from injuries sustained when a domestic violence suspect fired at them overnight.

Sgt. Joe Burinda suffered shoulder injures while and Officer Ben Eiden was hit in the face. They were taken to the hospital only after the incident was over. 

Police were summoned to the area of West Blvd. and Gillen St. at about 11 p.m. Tuesday on a report that a 26-year-old man fired several shots into the air then went back inside. He kicked out a woman but two children remained inside.

While officers were attempting to talk to the man, one of the children, a three-year-old girl, appeared at the back door and was escorted to safety. 

Just before 1 a.m., the man fired shots out of a window at several officers who returned fire. Sgt. Burinda and Officer Eiden suffered their injuries in the exchange of gunfire. The officers stayed at the scene despite their injuries, according to a news release. 

About a half-hour later, the suspect surrendered. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of superficial injuries and then hauled to jail.