Two Beloit police officers are on administrative leave after an officer-involved shooting that left a 23-year-old man dead on Tuesday, according to Beloit police.
Officers responded to a report of shots fired at 5:18 p.m. Tuesday night, officials say.
The Beloit Drug and Gang Unit was conducting surveillance on an individual wanted by the Department of Corrections, said Captain Vince Sciame. When the suspect left a residence in the 1100 block of Fifth Street, officers tried to make a traffic stop and block him in the 100 block of West Grand Street, Sciame said.
Officials said there was one police car in front of and one behind the suspect’s vehicle when an officer approached the suspect and told him to park.
Sciame said the suspect drove into the squad car in front of his vehicle. The officer feared he was going to be run over so the officer fired shots.
Sciame said the suspect did not survive and the Department of Criminal Investigations is going to investigate.
There were two officers involved and both fired their weapons, according to Sciame. He said he did not know how many shots were fired or whether the suspect had a weapon.
The scene was closed for several hours. The suspect's name has not been released, said Sciame.
Officials say both Beloit police officers involved are on administrative leave. The Beloit Police Department will conduct an internal investigation after DCI completes its review, according to Sciame.