Two off-duty Wisconsin officers killed in separate incidents

It has been a difficult start to the week for Wisconsin police. Law enforcement is mourning the deaths of two off-duty officers in separate incidents. In Racine, a 24-year veteran officer was shot and killed Monday night as he intervened during an armed robbery at a bar.

Officer John Hetland "took immediate action to stop this felony in progress in order to protect life and property," said his chief, Arthel Howell following the incident. Multiple law enforcement agencies are searching for the gunman, according to a report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.  He wore a mask when he first entered Teezers Bar and Grill and then ran out of the back door and fled after a struggle.

To the north, an off-duty Milwaukee police officer was killed in a crash early Tuesday morning when a repeat drunken driver ran a red light and hit the officer's car. The officer was Kou Her, a two-year veteran of the department.

After finishing up his shift, Her was driving home when a driver ran a red light at North 60th Street and West Capitol Drive, Police Chief Alfonso Morales said at a 7 a.m. news conference. A 34-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested in connection with the crash. The man has four operating while intoxicated convictions, and was on probation on a 2017 OWI conviction, Morales said.