Racine police shooting; no charges for officers involved

The Racine County officers who shot and killed Timothy Burgess during a traffic stop on May 22 won't be charged, District Attorney Patricia Hanson announced Monday, July 24.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice investigation revealed "no basis to prosecute."

It started with a call for shots fired in Mount Pleasant on May 21. Police said Burgess fired at his wife, and a child in the home called 911.

Hours later, police tried to pull over a Range Rover and said Burgess ran, hiding in tall grass at Clayton Park.

Racine police shooting (May 22, 2023)

"You’re going to jail regardless, so you might as well come out now," an officer told Burgess.

Police said Burgess refused to come out, telling officers he was unarmed.

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Drone video shows he did have a gun.

Racine police shooting (May 22, 2023)

"Put your hands up. You will be shot," an officer told Burgess.

"OK, OK," said Burgess.

The video then shows shots being fired. Officers took cover. Police said eight Racine officers and one Mount Pleasant officer returned fire. Burgess died at the scene.

Racine police shooting near 6th and Howland

The gunfire shocked neighbors living near the Racine park.

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Racine police didn't clear Clayton Park until 15 hours after the shooting. No officers were hurt.

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