Police officers identified in fatal shooting

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Andrea Anderson | January 12, 2016

TOWN OF GENEVA—Officials have identified the two police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a 26-year-old town of Geneva man Friday.

Town of Geneva police officers Eric Anderson, 41, and Jason Sweeney, 39, were identified Tuesday morning as the officers who shot and killed Eric C. Olsen Friday evening, according to the release.

Anderson and Sweeney, both of whom have been with the police department for 12 years, are on standard paid administrative leave pending an investigation into the shooting.

Authorities say Olsen charged at the officers with a knife after he'd broken into a neighbor's home Friday evening with an ax.

Police responded to a call that Olsen, 3836 W. Lincoln Drive, used an ax to break neighbor's window before breaking into the home at 3946 W. Lincoln Drive.

Officers were dispatched at 5:10 p.m. Friday.

When officers approached Olsen, he pulled out a knife and came at the police officers.

The Walworth County Sheriff's Office and the state Division of Criminal Investigation are investigating the shooting as is procedure.

Authorities, citing the ongoing investigation, have not released any details regarding why Olsen was at his neighbor's home, where at the home the shooting took place and what Olsen's motives were.

Family members identified Olsen, a previous release stated.

The police department did not release the names before Tuesday morning to give the officers time to tell their families, police Chief Steven Hurley told The Gazette.

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