UPDATE: Medical examiner identifies victim in Beloit homicide

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UPDATE (WKOW) — The Rock County Medical Examiner’s Department has identified the 28-year-old Janesville victim who was killed over the weekend.

According to a press release, James M. Tomten was killed from “firearm trauma.”

His death is still under investigation by the City of Beloit Police Department and the Rock County Medical Examiner’s Department.

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UPDATE (WKOW) — The City of Beloit Police Department will hold a news conference on Monday, Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. to provide an update on the homicide investigation.

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UPDATE (WKOW) — The Beloit Police Department says the homicide happened on the 800 block of Vine Street at around noon.

Officials say the victim is a 28-year-old Janesville man and they believe the suspect and the victim knew each other.

Neighbors say that around noon they saw a car, they didn’t recognize, pull up without issue, and they didn’t see or hear anything out of place at first.

It was only after it was parked there for hours that they called police.

Julie Wessels, who lives across the street from where the car was found, says she didn’t know what to think at first, because all she saw was a car parked out of place.

“We was kinda thinking it was an overdose at first, but then when the fire truck left and there was a person laying in the street, it wasn’t,” Wessels said.

She says that she has lived in this neighborhood for 28 years and this is the first time she’s seen anything like this.

Police don’t believe there is a threat to the general public.

They’re asking anyone with information to call them at 608-757-2244.


BELOIT (WKOW) — Beloit police are investigating a homicide Saturday afternoon.

Police say they responded to the 800 block of Vine Street just before 12:30 p.m. They found a 28-year-old Janesville man was dead.

Detectives are investigating how the man died and ask anyone with information to call (608) 757-2244.

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