Sheriff: Man shot by police in Walworth County reportedly had weapon

Sheriff: Man shot by police in Walworth County reportedly had weapon

A 26-year-old Lake Geneva man who was shot and killed by police near Elkhorn on Feb. 2 had a purported weapon during the incident, the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.

In a news release, the department said Kris Kristl was the subject of a reckless driving complaint when he was stopped on County Highway H near Petrie Road in the town of Geneva around 7:45 p.m. Feb. 2.

An Elkhorn police officer and Walworth County sheriff’s deputy both fired their weapons during the incident, the release said.

The deputy, Jesse Smith, has been with the sheriff’s department for two years and has a total of six years of law enforcement experience, the release said. The Elkhorn officer, Robert Rayfield, has been with the police department for eight years.

Both officers have been placed on administrative duty, which is standard for similar incidents, the release said.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating the incident.

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