Three Beloit police officers are removed from normal duties after an officer-involved shooting that left Darrius J. Lowery-Baptiste dead on Tuesday, according to Beloit police.
Officers responded to a report of shots fired at 5:18 p.m. Tuesday. Officials said the Beloit Drug and Gang Unit was conducting surveillance on Lowery-Baptiste, who was wanted by the Department of Corrections. Beloit police said he was also wanted for questioning in regards to a series of shootings in the city dating back to May.
Captain Vince Sciame said when Lowery-Baptiste 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 Avenue.
Officials said there was one police car in front of and one behind Lowery-Baptiste's car when an officer approached Lowery-Baptiste and told him to park.
Sciame said Lowery-Baptiste 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 Lowery-Baptiste did not survive and the Department of Criminal Investigations is investigating.
Two officers involved fired their weapons, according to Sciame. He said he did not know how many shots were fired or whether Lowery-Baptiste had a weapon.
The officers who discharged weapons have been with the department 18-years and 34-months, according to police. A third officer who was on the scene has 14 years of service.
Officials said all three Beloit police officers involved have been assigned during outside their normal assignments during the investigation.
The Beloit Police Department will conduct an internal investigation after DCI completes its review, according to Sciame.