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Beloit police who shot at suspect cleared

  • Associated Press
  • June 2, 2014 - 2:25 PM

BELOIT, Wis. — Two Beloit police officers who shot at a fleeing suspect will soon be back at work.

The Rock County district attorney's office found that Officers Dave Elrod and Amy Copeland were acting under their duties as law officers when they shot at 40-year-old Christopher Rutherford of Beloit.

Rutherford is accused of running over his ex-girlfriend, 47-year-old Sheila Rosenbaum of Beloit, with her van and killing her on May 11. He's charged with first-degree reckless homicide.

Police fired at the van, and Rutherford crashed and was caught by a resident. Rutherford was shot at least once and was hospitalized for about 10 days.

The Beloit Daily News (http://bit.ly/1m6f9Yy ) reports District Attorney David O'Leary commended the officers for "attempting to prevent further loss of life."

Rutherford is due back in court Tuesday.

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