MOUNT PLEASANT -- New documents were released on Friday, Sept. 26 in the fatal officer-involved shooting that killed Ty'Rese West in Mount Pleasant in June. FOX6 News filed an open records request in this case. On Friday, investigators in Racine released 170 pages -- all the reports from those involved in this officer-involved shooting.
More than a week ago, the Racine County District Attorney said Sergeant Eric Giese acted in self-defense in this incident. He was not charged.
West was riding his bicycle in June when Giese attempted to stop him because he did not have a light on the bike. In the reports, the Wisconsin State Patrol said Giese initiated that stop "based on an increase of crime involving people on bikes." Documents reveal Sgt. Giese and West got into a physical altercation. Giese tried using his taser but missed -- and then fired three shots. after police say West ignored commands. Giese's body camera was not running, nor was his squad camera.
In the police reports, Giese told investigators he saw West with a gun, but that West never fired toward him. The documents reveal a gun found next to West was loaded with ten rounds. It also reveals officers first on the scene questioned at first if the gun was even real. Investigators traced the purchase of the gun to a woman in Milwaukee -- who said it was stolen years ago.
FOX6 News spoke with West's mother who indicated these released documents do not mean much to her. She maintains her son did not have a gun with him that night.
Authorities did perform DNA tests on that gun -- and there were too many profiles mixed together to find one individual DNA profile on it.