KENOSHA (WITI) -- Kenosha police have identified the officer who pulled the trigger in this weekend's fatal officer-involved shooting incident, and the man who was shot and killed. Police say the officer in this case was involved in another non-fatal officer-involved shooting incident earlier this month.
The man who was shot and killed on Saturday, March 14th near 22nd Avenue and 56th Street in Kenosha has been officially identified by police as 26-year-old Aaron Siler.
Police say the officer who shot him is Officer Pablo Torres -- an 18-year veteran of the department.
The incident began just after 9:30 a.m. Saturday, when officers attempted to arrest Siler -- wanted on an active felony probation and parole warrant. Siler initiated a vehicle pursuit with officers, and after crashing his vehicle, he took off running. Officers pursued Siler on foot, and when Siler was confronted by Officer Torres, police say Siler armed himself with a weapon.
Officer Torres then fired his handgun -- striking and killing Siler.
Police say there were citizen witnesses to this officer-involved shooting.
"The first thing you hear is an officer say 'put down, get down,' and he said it twice, and I heard six shots after that," a witness said.
Police said this in a statement to FOX6 News regarding Saturday's officer-involved shooting:
The Kenosha Police Department understands the toll this incident has taken on the family, the community, the involved officers and their families and the department. These tragedies can be avoided if subjects would simply stop and follow the commands of the officers. As is required by state law and pursuant to police department protocol the investigation is being handled by an outside agency.
Officer Torres had just returned to work on the day of the shooting of Aaron Siler. He was on leave as a result of a previous officer-involved shooting.
On March 4th, police say a man advanced on officers armed with two knives. That man was shot by Officer Torres.
It happened in the 1500 block of 84th Street shortly before noon.
Kenosha police say just before 11:45 a.m., they received a 911 call from a woman reporting her husband had gone into the garage to “kill himself.”