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UPDATE: Family of man killed in officer-involved shooting speaks out

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Darrius J. Lowery-Baptiste, 23 Darrius J. Lowery-Baptiste, 23

BELOIT (WKOW) -- Family of the man killed in an officer-involved shooting Tuesday in Beloit say police have left them in the dark. To them, 23-year-old Darrius Lowery-Baptiste was just getting his life together.

"He got out of prison in September and he'd been doing pretty good. He was working and everything," Lowery-Baptiste's aunt Diane Lowery says.

"He had one daughter that he was really trying to look out for," his father Daniel Baptiste tells 27 News.

To police, Baptiste-Lowery had an active arrest warrant and was wanted for questioning related to a series of shootings. They tried pulling him over downtown on Tuesday but say he refused to get out of the car. Police say he tried to pull around the officers and they were scared he would run them over. Two officers fired their guns.

A small memorial was set where it happened Thursday to remember Lowery-Baptiste.

"I called the police department and I told them I wanted to know where my son was and they said I had to talk to the detective, and no detective never called," Baptiste says. He says the family hasn't been able to get information from police about what happened. Diane Lowery say she was on the scene with Darrius' mother last night, told to go to the hospital by police, but ended up finding out about the death on Facebook before officers informed them.

"I'm his aunt and that's his mom. Why wouldn't you people pull us to the side and say something? Why would you still have us in suspense like this," Lowery says.

Beloit Police Captain Vince Sciame says there's no protocol for informing loved ones. He says police give as much information as they can to the immediate family, but investigative information is often limited. He also says police had no address for Darrius Lowery-Baptiste.

His family says they want a face-to-face acknowledgement about what happened.  "You won't tell us nothing, ya know. He's a typical lost child, he didn't deserve this," Lowery says.

The Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation is looking into the shooting. Two Beloit police officers have been put on administrative leave, which is protocol.

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BELOIT (WKOW) -- Authorities have identified the man shot by an officer Tuesday night.

Cpt. Vince Sciame says Darrius J. Lowery-Baptiste, 23, of Beloit was wanted by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections and Beloit police at the time of the encounter. Police say they were looking to question him regarding a series of shooting incidents in the city of Beloit dating back to early May.

The state Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is continuing to investigate the officer-involved shooting Tuesday night.

The names of the officers are not being released at this time. The officers who fired have been with the department for 18 years and for 34 months. A third officer, with the department for 14 years, was on scene but did not discharge his weapon.

The officers will be re-assigned during the investigation, which is standard procedure.

Police ask anyone who witnessed the incident to call (608) 364-6801.

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