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Beloit woman killed by man trying to escape police

Published On: May 12 2014 06:43:39 AM CDT   Updated On: May 12 2014 01:17:07 PM CDT
934 10th Street, Beloit

934 10th Street, Beloit

BELOIT, Wis. -

Beloit police said a 47-year-old Beloit woman has died after a man struck and killed her while trying to flee officers Sunday.

The incident happened around 7:40 p.m. Sunday in the 900 block of 10th Street in the city of Beloit.

According to police, officers went to a residence on 10th Street in connection to an unwanted person complaint. When they arrived, they attempted to take the suspect, Christopher Rutherford, 40, of Beloit into custody.

However, police said Rutherford was able to get away from officers and take off in a vehicle. While pulling away, police said Rutherford struck Sheila Rosenbaum, 47, while police fired a number of rounds from their duty weapons at the fleeing vehicle.

Police said officers tried to perform lifesaving efforts on Rosenbaum. However, Rosenbaum died at an area hospital after she was taken there by Beloit paramedics.

Police said Rutherford crashed his vehicle a short distance away in the 800 block of Roosevelt. He tried to take off on foot, but officers caught up to him in a backyard of a home in the 700 block of 9th Street, according to Beloit police. That's when it was discovered Rutherford had suffered a gunshot wound. He was also taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Beloit police have asked the Wisconsin Department of Justice - Division of Criminal Investigation to conduct their own inquiry into the officer-involved shooting. Police said officers involved have been reassigned to an administrative role while the investigation continues.

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