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Friday, 03 February 2017 05:59

Update: Lake Geneva man identified in officer-involved shooting

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Authorities have identified Kris Kristl, 26, of Lake Geneva, as the man who died in an officer-involved shooting Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. Authorities have identified Kris Kristl, 26, of Lake Geneva, as the man who died in an officer-involved shooting Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. Photo submitted

TOWN OF GENEVA—A Lake Geneva man died in an officer-involved shooting Thursday evening in the town of Geneva, but authorities have released few details so far as the incident is being investigated.

Kris Kristl, 26, of Lake Geneva was identified as a suspect who was shot in the incident, which happened about 7:46 p.m. Thursday on County Highway H near Petrie Road in the town of Geneva, according to a joint release from the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office and the Elkhorn Police Department.

Police were present at the location Thursday evening investigating a reckless driving complaint, according to the release.

Kristl was shot and killed by an Elkhorn police officer and Walworth County Sheriff's Deputy, according to Walworth County Sheriff Kurt Picknell.

Both were on duty at the time.

Police said the Elkhorn police officer involved in the shooting has been with the department for about eight years.

The Walworth County deputy has been with the sheriff’s office for two years and has a total of six years of law enforcement experience, according to the release.

Both officers have been placed on administrative duty, which is standard procedure in such incidents.

The sheriff's office requested the assistance of the state Department of Criminal Investigations to assist, which is required in cases where an officer is involved in a shooting, according to Picknell.

The DCI is continuing as the lead agency in this investigation.

Authorities said they will release more information on the incident as the investigation progresses.

A stretch of County Highway H, from Petrie to County Highway NN was closed for hours while investigators followed up.

This is the third officer-involved shooting in Walworth County in the past 13 months.

A 26-year-old man, Eric Olsen, died Jan. 8, 2016, after being shot by officers near Lake Como. Police say they were responding to a report of a disturbance when the encountered Olsen, who charged at them with a knife.

Then, on Feb. 24, 2016, Christopher Davis, 21, was shot by police in an East Troy parking lot during what police say was a drug investigation that turned into a car chase and crash.






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