Officers cleared in shooting death of Lake Geneva man

Officers cleared in shooting death of Lake Geneva man

Two officers who were involved in a February traffic stop in which a Lake Geneva man was shot and killed have been cleared of wrongdoing, the Walworth County District Attorney said Friday.

Walworth County Sheriff’s Deputy Jesse Smith and Elkhorn Police Officer Robert Rayfield were cleared of wrongdoing in the shooting death of 26-year-old Kris Kristl in the town of Geneva on Feb. 2.

District Attorney Zeke Wiedenfeld said Kristl pulled a real-looking BB gun on officers during a traffic stop , prompting officers to shoot him.

Wiedenfeld said in a statement that the officers were justified in using deadly force to protect themselves and others.

Blood samples from Kristl’s body showed he had a blood alcohol content of 0.265, which is more than three times the legal limit of 0.08, the statement said. Blood samples also showed Kristl had THC, the active ingredient of cannabis, in his system at the time of the shooting.

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