"Like a scene out of a movie" is how one witness describes the situation as he watched police shoot a man in Beloit's downtown. Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigations have the case and aren't saying much. But a couple of witnesses are talking who were almost caught in the middle.
"It immediately made me turn around after pop, pop. It was so close and loud," says James Richter.
"I was standing about here and I heard multiple shots," says Greg Wicklund, Beloit Bicycle Company, owner.
Two men with different perspectives, one from the east, one from the west, both saw part of the shooting between Beloit Police officers and Darrius Lowery-Baptiste. He was wanted on a warrant and was even recently featured on the Beloit Area Crime Stoppers.
Investigators say two Beloit Police officers tried to pull Lowery-Baptiste over near East Grand and State. Instead of stopping, one officer thought Lowery-Baptiste was trying to run him over. Neither witness saw that. But Richter was standing at the opposite corner when Lowery-Baptiste's car hit a building.
"All of a suddenly veered, just completely to the right into this building violently and I was shocked. But what followed then was a plain clothed officer and two or three dressed officers came around the corner running after the car and fired at least 8 to 9 other shots," says Lowery-Baptiste
One of the bullets hit the second story of the FatWallet.com building where the car came to a stop. Though Richter saw a gun fall out of Lowery-Baptiste's car when an officer opened his door, he's not sure if it was used.
"I don't think he did but I don't know that," says Richter.
Family and friends at the crime scene Tuesday night believe Lowery-Baptiste should not have been killed. As they wait for answers a cross and balloon are all that's left to mark the place where Lowery-Baptist died.
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