MOUNT PLEASANT -- An 18-year-old man is dead following an officer-involved shooting in Mount Pleasant on Saturday, June 15. It happened near 24th and Racine Streets just after 1:30 a.m.
The 18-year-old was identified by Racine police as Tyrese West of Racine.
"It's sad that happened so close to home," said a neighbor. "I was awoken by the sound of the sirens and then I looked out the window and I saw the reflections of the first ones that went by and then a couple of minutes later, another set of sirens."
Neighbors were startled by the sounds of an unfolding investigation just outside their windows.
Racine police say a Mount Pleasant police officer attempted to make contact with West who was on a bike but he fled. Following a short foot pursuit, the officer observed West was armed.
Authorities say West ignored the officer's commands and the officer was forced to shoot him. Despite life-saving measures, West died from his injuries.
Neighbors didn't hear the shots but watched as investigators stayed on the scene for several hours.
"I just naturally woke up and then I seen, through one of my cameras, I seen the lights flashing and I got up to look to see where it was coming from," said Tom Urick, neighbor.
The circumstances surrounding the shooting are still unclear. Neighbors are waiting to learn more while keeping their thoughts with everyone involved.
"I'm just sending prayers out for the family of the deceased and for our officers. Prayers go out to everybody," said a neighbor.
The Racine Police Department is handling the investigation with assistance from the Wisconsin Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation and the Wisconsin State Patrol.
If you have any information that can help authorities in this investigation, you're asked to contact the Racine Police Department at (262) 635-7756.