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Racine Co. DA clears two officers of wrongdoing in fatal shooting

The courthouse for Racine County, Wisconsin in the city of Racine, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. By Richie Diesterheft (Flickr: Racine County Court House) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
The courthouse for Racine County, Wisconsin in the city of Racine, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. By Richie Diesterheft (Flickr: Racine County Court House) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

RACINE, WI (WTAQ) - The Racine County district attorney cleared two police officers Monday, saying they were justified in killing a suicidal man 8 days ago.

DA Rich Chiapete did not identify the officers in a letter to police officials.

The officers were asked to check on 37-year-old Rajko Utvic, who reportedly had just taken 100 tablets of Ibuprofen.

Investigators said Utvic was bleeding from self-inflicted wounds when he covered himself with a blanket and lunged at the responding officers with a knife.

The officers reportedly tried settling him down with a Taser stun gun -- and when that didn't work, Utvic was shot and killed.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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