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KENOSHA (WITI/AP) -- Wisconsin's seventh officer-involved shooting this year occurred Saturday morning, March 14th in Kenosha. A 26-year-old man died after he was shot by a Kenosha police officer.

According to a police department news release, the shooting happened around 9:30 a.m. Saturday when officers attempted to arrest the man for a felony warrant.

Police say when an officer confronted the suspect, he armed himself with a weapon. The officer then fired his handgun, killing the suspect.

The officer was put on leave pending the investigation.

Kenosha police Sergeant Joe Labatore says the state Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating.

The police department did not release any information on the kind of warrant or kind of weapon brandished or any other details on the officer or suspect.

Aaron Siler

Aaron Siler

A family spokeswoman tells FOX6 News Aaron Siler is the man fatally shot Saturday. She says Siler's family hasn't seen a report on the incident or his body. They are asking that people not jump to conclusions about what happened.

We're told Siler's family has met with a DOJ official as the state begins its investigation into this shooting.

Michael Bell's son was shot and killed by a Kenosha police officer 10 years ago. He came to the scene of the officer-involved shooting Saturday morning to make sure a new state law requiring an outside agency investigate officer-involved deaths was being followed.

"I know firsthand what the family is going through. It consumes your total attention. I've described it as if somebody took a heavy weight and set it right on your chest," Bell said.

One day after the shooting, crime scene tape was still up, and Kenosha County Sheriff's deputies were on guard. One block away from the shooting scene was evidence of a police chase.

"I saw a very violent accident," Bell said.

Bell pointed out tire tracks in the mud where a car hit another vehicle and a tree before coming to an abrupt stop.

"It looked like the car's airbag was deployed, front tire was smashed in," Bell said.

Witnesses told Bell the driver crashed and then ran on foot.

Kenosha police haven't released details on the chase. They say they tried to arrest a man for a warrant near 21st and 56th, and he showed a weapon -- and that's when the officer fired at the man, killing him.

"I do feel confident that the Department of Justice is here and that is something we did not have when my own son was shot," Bell said.

The Kenosha Police Department and Department of Justice haven't yet released any new information in this case.

We're told an autopsy has been scheduled.

Siler was convicted in a strangulation case from 2011. In 2013, he was convicted of bail jumping. Kenosha police were looking for him Saturday because of an active felony warrant, but no other specifics were given.

Siler has a four-year-old daughter.

Since January 5th, 2015, there have been seven officer-involved shootings statewide. Four of those have been fatal -- one in Milwaukee, one in Green Bayone in Madison and one in Kenosha.

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  • Carmen

    To all people that ask about Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, they don’t organize city protests they attend. So if you see the need to protest police killings, then take on the responsibility and organize one, don’t just ask questions, put it into action! Personally I feel that questions come when unarmed people are shot and killed, even if they are threatening. Tasers should be used when police confront an unarmed person

    • Jay

      Then don’t become a cop, law breaker. Everyone is entitled to a fair trial, not being assassinated every time a cop gets scared.

    • Mr. Bob

      Nobody ever said this guy was unarmed. In fact it has been reported from day 1 that Siler was armed. When officers are confronted by people who attempt to use deadly force against them they will respond in kind. It doesn’t matter what the original complaint was about, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, etc. Siler moved the situation to the level of deadly force with his own actions plain and simple. The officer just responded as he was trained to do, end of story…

    • Amused

      Spoken as someone with absolutely no knowledge of use of force, weapon behavior, or varied human response to such weapons.

  • Tanya Rupp

    They said the didn’t say what the weapon was but clearly on the evening news on Saturday they said he had a knife and then it was a pipe and V100 announced this morning it was a gun. The Kenosha police are trying to cover their behinds because they know it was a wrongful killing.

    • jk

      Well if u get your news from v100……..
      I think that’s issue number 1. The second will be trusting the media with the false naritive they report every day.

    • Amused

      Doesn’t matter what weapon it was. Don’t break the law and learn how to get arrested and guess what… You will live! Plus a knife is deadly within 15 feet against a gun. Do not be ignorant …

  • tj

    If you attack a police officer make sure your will is up to date. The police have 14+1 reasons why you might not live to the next day.

  • Mr. Bob

    Hey Paul, the difference is all in the upbringing. A child raised in a home where there is respect for all will not end up like this person. Raise a weapon and attempt to kill a police officer and the officer has to respond with deadly force. This guy signed his own death certificate and maybe that is what he wanted…

  • exlonghauler

    Face it this is Darwinism, the best survive, the weak perish. The dude pulls a KNIFE on an ARMED officer. Unless it was death by cop what other summation can you make ?

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