64-year-old found dead after house fire, leading to 37-year-old man killed in Caledonia officer-involved shooting

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UPDATED on July 12, 2024 at 11:07 a.m.

CALEDONIA, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A 64-year-old Racine woman was found dead following a house fire on Monday, July 8. A man that police say was connected to the incident later died in an officer-involved shooting.

Racine Fire Department personnel discovered Cheryl Christensen deceased in her home on West Crescent St. after extinguishing a fire. An autopsy confirmed she had been shot multiple times before the fire.

Caledonia police and the Racine County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at Cliffside Park at around 9:47 a.m., leading to a confrontation with police where a 37-year-old man linked to Christensen's address was killed.

Racine police declared the death of Christensen to be a homicide investigation on Wednesday, July 10. 

Authorities confirm both incidents are connected and state there is no further danger to the public.

CALEDONIA, Wis. (CBS 58) -- An investigation is underway after a fatal officer-involved shooting in the Village of Caledonia Wednesday, July 10. 

According to the Racine County Sheriff's Office, around 9:47 a.m., a caller reported a man in all-black clothing lying face down on a path at Cliffside Park and not moving. The caller said he did not feel safe getting any closer to the individual. 

Officers who responded to the scene reported that the man had discharged a firearm, and a tactical response was initiated. 

The sheriff's office says despite numerous efforts to negotiate with the man, the subject "took actions that forced law enforcement officers from multiple jurisdictions to discharge their firearms, striking the subject."

Medical personnel provided care to the man, however he died at the scene. He's been identified as a 37-year-old white male with ties to the city of Racine and the Village of Mount Pleasant. 

Officials say the officers involved were placed on administrative leave in accordance with standard protocol. 

The Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigations, Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory and the Wisconsin State Patrol have been requested to conduct an investigation. 

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