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Flags ordered at half-staff for fallen Racine police officer

Posted: 3:32 PM, Jun 19, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-19 16:32:31-04
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MADISON — Governor Tony Evers has ordered flags at half-staff for a Racine Police officer who was killed while off-duty Monday night.

Officer John Hetland was at a bar when someone tried to rob the place at gunpoint. He wrestled the man to the ground, but was shot in the struggle and later died.

Hetland was only six to eight months away from retiring and spending more time with his two children, according to Jim Palmer , the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association.

Hetland served the Racine Police Department for 24 years. He also served as a field training officer and a member of the Greater Racine FBI Gang Task Force.

The investigation and the search for the suspect both remain active.