As the funeral for Racine Police Officer John Hetland nears, investigators are stepping up their requests for information that could lead to his killer.
The funeral for Hetland, who was shot and killed June 17 while attempting to stop an armed robbery, begins at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Siebert Chapel at Carthage College, 2001 Alford Park Drive. Visitation will be 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the chapel.
Interment, with full law enforcement honors, will follow the funeral in West Lawn Memorial Park, 9000 Washington Ave., Racine.
On Sunday, the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department, which is handling the investigation, asked that anyone within a half-mile radius of Teezers Bar, 1936 Lathrop Ave., where the shooting occurred, to check security cameras or other surveillance video for any footage from the evening of June 17 to the early morning hours of June 18 that might show any suspicious activity.
“Citizens who notice anything suspicious on that video footage should preserve the video and immediately contact Crime Stoppers at 262-656-7333,” according to a new release issued Sunday by the sheriff’s department.
The sheriff’s department is asking the public:
Did they see something in the area before or after the crime?
Have they heard reliable rumors?
Were people they know out and about in the area the night of the crime?
Is there a friend or family member that is suddenly unaccounted for?
Suspicious activity by people they may suspect?
Names of suspects.
In addition, authorities released slightly different video still photos of the suspect, which are on the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook page.
Meanwhile, the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect in shooting has grown to $70,500. The following groups and individuals have contributed to the reward fund:
Andis Corp.: $15,000
Racine Culvers: $5,000
Educator’s Credit Union: $5,000
Kenosha Tattoo Co.: $1,000
Crime Stoppers reward stands is $24,500 with donations from:
Crime Stoppers: $2,000
Dickies’ Bar $2,000
Joey LeGath: $5,000
Floyd’s Towing: $2,000
Private citizens: $1,500
Josh Martin Roofing: $2,000
Boiler Room: $1,000
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 262-656-7333, 888-363-9330 or 8800-807-8477 (TIPS).