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Man shot, killed by Oshkosh police

Isaiah Tucker (Photo courtesy Winnebago Co. Sheriff's Office)

OSHKOSH, Wis. (WLUK) -- What police say started as a potential burglary ended in a man's death.

Now, two Oshkosh police officers are on administrative leave as the investigation moves forward.

Oshkosh police say the man who was shot and killed by an officer is Isaiah Tucker, 28, of Oshkosh.

Officers were called to the 300 block of Knapp Street for a burglary call early Monday morning. Police say the incident came to an end several blocks away.

A commotion in the middle of the night woke up some residents in a south-side Oshkosh neighborhood.

"(I) looked outside and seen police officers running through the yards," said Patricia Cumber.

Cumber says her boyfriend heard the gunshots ring out early Monday morning.

"I had just gotten up to go to the bathroom, I didn't expect any activity to be going on."

Oshkosh Police Chief Dean Smith says the incident started when a resident called 911, saying a man was stealing items from her house.

"The caller then stated that the subject had returned and was attempting to take her vehicle," he said.

Smith says when two officers arrived, a car crashed through the garage door.

"One officer attempted to remove the subject from the vehicle. The subject accelerated toward the second officer who was in the yard. The officer opened fire on the vehicle, striking it several times," Smith explained.

Police say Isaiah Tucker was driving, and managed to get away. The vehicle was found on 6th Avenue, a few blocks away. Tucker was not inside.

He was found a short time later, hiding near a shed.

"Officers determined subject had suffered from gunshot wounds and began life-saving efforts," Smith said.

Tucker was taken to the hospital, but died from his injuries.

The State Department of Criminal Investigation is handling the investigation.

Tucker's family pastor and members of Oshkosh's African-American community were at the news conference Monday. They say they have confidence in the police chief and department. But they say they want to make sure there was no bias shown in how this situation was handled.

"Just because you've been trained to think about your intercultural competence, and your implicit bias doesn't mean that you're still not operating in that space," said Tracey Robertson, executive director of Fit Oshkosh. "It's not a flu shot. The training we offer is not a flu shot. There's still opportunities for people to grow and learn and consider how their implicit bias shows up."

Both officers involved are on administrative leave, until the investigation is complete. That is standard practice in this kind of situation.

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