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Suspect, 26, who ‘shot an off-duty officer’ is arrested 10 days later using slain cop’s handcuffs

Suspect, 26, who ‘shot dead an off-duty officer who tried to stop an attempted robbery at a Wisconsin bar where he was having a drink’ is arrested 10 days later using the slain cop’s handcuffs

  • Dalquavis Ward of Milwaukee allegedly gunned down John Hetland on June 17
  • Off duty cop Hetland witnessed armed robbery unfolding at the Teezers Tavern
  • He is understood to have jumped over the bar to confronted a masked man 
  • The convicted felon was taken into custody Thursday but has not been charged
  • He was arrested using Hetland’s cuffs which ‘felt good’, sheriff David Beth said
  • Police had launched a manhunt for gunman, issuing photos of a suspect

A man suspected of shooting an off-duty officer who intervened in attempted robbery at a Wisconsin bar where he was having a drink’ has been arrested 10 days after the killing using the slain cop’s handcuffs. 

Dalquavis Ward, 26, of Milwaukee allegedly gunned down officer John Hetland, a 24 year veteran of the Racine Police Department,  at the Teezers Tavern on June 17. 

Dad-of-two Hetland had witnessed armed robbery unfolding, police said, and tried to intervene before being shot dead.

He is understood to have jumped over the bar to confronted a masked man when he was shot. 

Convicted felon Ward, who has not been charged, was taken into custody on Thursday in Hetland’s cuffs Kenosha County sheriff David Beth confirmed, adding: ‘That part feels good.’ 

The shooter had been labelled a ‘coward’ by Racine County sheriff Christopher Schmaling. 

Officer John Hetland

Dalquavis Ward, 26, left, of Milwaukee allegedly gunned down officer John Hetland, right, a 24 year veteran of the Racine Police Department, at the Teezers Tavern on June 17

Police launched a manhunt for gunman, issuing photos of a suspect in a black hoodie and trousers and a reward for information climbed to $80,000.  

Howell said Thursday: ‘John was clearly a special member of our department. But we have a lot of members who exemplify the same spirit.

‘The only way we can honor John Hetland is to emulate John Hetland.’

In a statement police said: ‘Ward’s arrest was made with the cooperation of over 17 law enforcement agencies and thousands of hours of work by investigators.’ 

They added that crime lab information had led them to a suspect. 

Police launched a manhunt for gunman, issuing this photo of a suspect in a black hoodie and trousers and a reward for information climbed to $80,000

Police launched a manhunt for gunman, issuing this photo of a suspect in a black hoodie and trousers and a reward for information climbed to $80,000

Hetland was at this Wisconsin bar having a drink when he was shot dead

Hetland was at this Wisconsin bar having a drink when he was shot dead 

Convicted felon Ward, who has not been charged, was taken into custody on Thursday in Hetland's cuffs Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth confirmed. Police pictured at the scene of the shooting on June 17

Convicted felon Ward, who has not been charged, was taken into custody on Thursday in Hetland’s cuffs Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth confirmed. Police pictured at the scene of the shooting on June 17 

Mayor Cory Mason added: ‘The city experienced a loss that we haven’t experienced in 45 years. 

‘Our city has been grieving [but now] we can breathe a sigh of relief’.  

Ward was was convicted of strangling his girlfriend in 2015 and  of disorderly conduct a year later, TMJ4 reports.

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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