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Beloit man charged with killing woman with a van running from cops

Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

JANESVILLE, WI (WTAQ) - A Beloit man is jailed under a $100,000 bond, on a charge that he killed a woman with her van as he tried fleeing from police.  

40-year-old Christopher Rutherford made his first appearance Wednesday in Rock County Circuit Court on a felony count of first-degree reckless homicide. He's scheduled to complete his formal initial proceeding Friday, which will give him time to get a lawyer.  

The incident occurred on Mother's Day, when 47-year-old Sheila Rosenbaum called 911 about an unwanted person at her home.

Officers said they were trying to arrest Rutherford when ran from a home, got into the victim's van, and struck her with the vehicle before driving off.

Police fired shots at the van -- which Rutherford crashed. He ran off before he was quickly caught. He was treated for a gunshot wound, and was taken into custody after he left the hospital on Tuesday.  

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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