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Racine police surround scene of house fire Monday following tactical situation

RACINE — It all started just before 10 a.m. Wednesday at Cliffside Park in Caledonia, when someone saw a man dressed all in black lying on the trail and called 9-1-1.

Police arrived at the scene and reported over the radio that the 37-year-old man had fired a gun, forcing officers to take cover.

Previous coverage: Resident reacts to stay-at-home order amid police situation in Caledonia (tmj4.com)

The gunfire prompted a tactical response, involving the Racine County Sheriff's Office, Caledonia Police Department, Mount Pleasant Police Department, Wisconsin State Patrol and Caledonia Fire Department.

VIDEO: Racine police surround scene of house fire Monday following tactical situation

Police shoot man at campsite

Investigators said they tried to negotiate a peaceful resolution, but the man took actions that forced officers to open fire. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

After seeing our reports, the man's family told TMJ4 News he is the son of a woman who died in a house fire Monday morning in Racine.

The Racine Police Department confirmed the investigation is ongoing.

Mike Beiermeister

Racine police were seen walking around the home where a fire broke out Monday morning, following a tactical situation Wednesday.

When our teams arrived on the scene, the police were at the scene of the fire.

Shortly before noon Wednesday, neighbors said they saw a flurry of police activity around the home.

“Within minutes, five to 10 police cars arrived here,” said Hayley, who lives a few houses away. “They started barricading everything, putting up caution tape and saying we all had to get out of the way because it was now an active crime scene at this location where they had to do another investigation.”

The family identified the woman killed in the fire as Cheryl Christensen.

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Cheryl Christensen

Her neighbor said she was a woman of routine and saw Christensen at her kitchen window every night except Sunday, the night before the fire.

“The night before, there were no lights upstairs, which was really weird, and all the lights downstairs were on, so you could see them through the windows, and I thought, 'This is kind of weird because it hasn't been like this in two years.'”

Mike Beiermeister

According to neighbors, a Racine police van has been outside the scene of the incident since Monday.

According to neighbors, a police van was parked in front of the house this week.

The Racine Police Department could not confirm whether the two incidents were related.


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