Beloit man shot after allegedly trying to grab officer’s gun waives preliminary hearing

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BELOIT, Wis. — A man who was shot by a Beloit police officer after he allegedly reached for the officer’s gun during a welfare check last month waived his preliminary hearing in court Wednesday, online court records show.

Jorge Bautista Almaraz, 29, allegedly tried to grab Beloit Police Sgt. Shannon Dykstra‘s gun after she responded to a call asking to check on his welfare on Dec. 15. When Dykstra responded, she believed he was suffering from a mental health issue and tried to talk to him while calling for backup, police said earlier this month.

At one point while Dykstra was talking to Bautista Almaraz, police said he was able to get ahold of Dykstra’s holstered gun but Dykstra was able to put distance between them. He then lunged at her multiple times, leading Dykstra to shoot him twice, police said.

Bautista Almaraz was treated for his injuries at an area hospital before being charged with attempting to disarm a peace officer and criminal damage to property.

An arraignment in the case has been scheduled for Feb. 9.

The Rock County District Attorney’s Office cleared Dykstra of wrongdoing, saying earlier this month she acted legally and appropriately.