Coroner ID’s alleged Beloit car thief, killed by police

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BELOIT, Wis. (WTVO) — The Rock County Medical Examiner has identified 23-year-old Montay Penning, of Janesville, as the alleged car thief who was shot and killed by police on Tuesday.

According to police, a Rock County Sheriff’s Office Deputy attempted to stop Penning in a reportedly stolen vehicle in the area of Henry Avenue and Riverside Drive around 11:24 a.m.

The deputy reported hearing shots fired in the incident, during which he pursued the suspect vehicle.

Police say Penning ultimately ran on foot into the 1800 block of Harrison Avenue, at which time Beloit Police Officers joined in the chase.

According to Beloit Police, the three pursuing Beloit officers opened fire on Penning, who was allegedly armed, killing him.

Penning was pronounced dead at 12:25 p.m. The medical examiner says the cause of death was “firearm related trauma.”

No officers were injured in the incident.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice is handling an investigation of the shooting, and the three officers involved have been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation.

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