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Beloit police chief releases statement on officer-involved shooting

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Beloit Police Chief Norm Jacobs has released a statement in regard to Tuesday evening's fatal shooting in downtown Beloit.

The shooting occurred around 5:00 p.m. near Grand Avenue and State Street. According to police, two officers tried to pull a man wanted by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections over, but he tried to get away, ramming a squad car. The officers fired shots, killing the man.

Shawnna Meinen, who says she is the mother of the victim's child, has identified him as 23-year-old Darrius Jamal Lowery-Baptiste of Beloit.

In his statement, Jacobs said the officers involved are doing well and the incident is being investigated by the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigations (DCI) at the request of the Beloit Police Department. Over the next few days, witnesses, police officers, and others will be interviewed.

Jacobs said the department cannot give any further comments on the incident due to the nature of the investigation. The department will also conduct an internal investigation into the officers' actions after the DCI finishes their investigation. For now, the officers are assigned outside of their normal duties.

He finished the statement with, "On behalf of the Beloit Police Department, I wish to express my sympathy to all the families involved. Being a part of a traumatic event as this is a terrible burden for anyone and everyone."

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