Autopsy completed on Beloit officer-involved shooting victim

Man died from multiple gunshot wounds

MADISON, Wis. - The Beloit man shot by police during a traffic stop on Tuesday died from multiple gunshot wounds in his upper body, according to the Rock County coroner.

The coroner's report withholds the number of gunshot wounds Darrius J. Lowery-Baptiste suffered, citing the investigation into the shooting.

Three Beloit police officers were removed from normal duties after the shooting.

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 a series of shootings in the city dating back to May.

Capt. 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 he fired shots.

Two officers, in all, fired their weapons, according to Sciame; the officers have been with the department 18 years and 34 months, according to police. A third officer  on the scene has 14 years of service.

Officials said all three have been assigned to duties outside their normal assignments during the investigation.

The Beloit Police Department will conduct an internal investigation after the Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation completes its review.

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