MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. (WTVO) — The name of the man who was shot and killed by police in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin early Sunday morning has been released.
Racine police, who is handling the investigation, say 18-year-old Tyrese West of Racine was shot by police when he refused to drop a weapon after a foot chase.
The shooting happened just before 2 a.m. near 24th and Racine street in Mount Pleasant, just a few blocks outside the city of Racine.
Mount Pleasant Police say West was being uncooperative forcing the officer to open fire.
Reports say, police tried to save him, but were not successful.
People in the area, including community leaders, say this incident is shocking.
“It’s alarming, but it’s a sign of the times, you know,” said Al Haj Jameel Ghuari, community activist. “We live in tough times.”
“I feel for the officer who had to do the shooting, I feel for the deceased and his family of her family and also the officer’s family too because they’re gonna have to live with it,” said Teddy Ramos, works nearby.
Investigators are also waiting on West’s autopsy results, which should be in early this week.