Beloit police shoot man accused of hitting, killing woman with vehicle

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Shelly Birkelo
Monday, May 12, 2014

BELOIT—Police shot and wounded a Beloit man accused of killing a woman with his vehicle Sunday evening after a domestic incident, according to a Beloit Police Department news release.

Beloit police were dispatched at 7:41 p.m. Sunday to the 900 block of 10th Street for a domestic incident. When they tried to arrest Christopher Rutherford, 40, he fled in his vehicle and hit and killed Sheila Rosenbaum, 47, Beloit, according to a department news release.

Police don't know the relationship between Rutherford and Rosenbaum.

“But a relationship had existed between the two at some point,” Capt. Dan Risse said.

Officers fired an undetermined number of shots at Rutherford's fleeing vehicle, and it crashed a short distance away in the 800 block of Roosevelt Avenue. Rutherford fled on foot, but other responding officers caught him in the back yard of a home in the 700 block of Ninth Street, according to the news release.

When Rutherford was taken into custody, officers discovered he had a gunshot wound. He was taken to Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center, Janesville, where Janesville police are providing security, said Lt. Jim Holford of the Janesville Police Department.

Beloit police have asked the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation to conduct an inquiring into the officer-involved shooting.

The officers involved were not named but have been reassigned to an administrative assignment with the Beloit Police Department Division of Support Services until after all of the circumstances related to the shooting are reviewed.

This reassignment is consistent with protocol in officer-involved shooting incidents, the news release stated.

Rosenbaum died at an area hospital.

“This incident is further proof domestic violence is as disturbing to a community as gang violence associated to drugs or weapons,” he said.

The death investigation continues.

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