State investigating Sheboygan officer-involved shooting

Sheboygan Police were called to what they describe as a "disturbance" at an intersection
Published: Jul. 2, 2020 at 8:44 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 2, 2020 at 9:32 PM CDT
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SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (WBAY) - The state has been called to investigate an officer-involved shooting in Sheboygan.

At 5:50 a.m., Sheboygan Police were called to what they describe as a "disturbance" at the intersection of S. 15th and Illinois Ave.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice says a man was carrying knives in the road and running at a woman. An officer ordered him to drop the weapons but he refused and chased the officer.

Investigators say the officer tried to stop him with non-lethal means but that didn’t work. The officer shot the man, and despite life-saving efforts the subject died at the scene. The woman was taken to a hospital.

“The officer ordered the subject to stop. He continued to retreat while attempting to deploy the Taser. The subject continued to chase the officer, forcing the officer to transition to his firearm and discharge his firearm at the subject,” Police Chief Christopher Domagalski described.

Family members tell our sister station the man was 32-year-old Kevan Ruffin, a long-time Sheboygan resident with mental health issues.

“The officer had tased my cousin and it didn’t stop him, and the officer shot him six times, killed him. I actually saw the video of his body laying there on Facebook before I had realized who it was,” Sham Clayborn Jr. said.

The officer who shot Ruffin is on administrative leave, which is standard policy. State law requires an outside agency to investigate officer-involved shootings, and that’s being handled by the state Department of Justice.

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