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Two Racine cops cleared of wrongdoing in shooting death of armed man

RACINE, WI (WTAQ) - Two Racine police officers are back on the job, after they were cleared of wrongdoing in the shooting death of a knife-wielding man.

37-year-old Rajko Utvic was killed July 6th.

Officers Craig Klepel and Mathias Zinnen were told that Utvic was suicidal, and he had taken 100 pain-reducing Ibuprofen pills. He refused to drop his knife when the officers told him to do so -- and they shot Utvic as he lunged toward them.

The officers tried stopping the suspect with Taser stun guns, but that didn't work.

The Racine County sheriff's office, which investigated the shootings, said witnesses confirmed what Klepel and Zinnen had claimed.

The investigation also found that Utvic had an undisclosed mental illness.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)