A 63-year-old man died on the night of Sunday, October 27th, after being shot by Madison police officers that same night. According to Acting Police Chief Victor Wahl, the officers responded to reports of a man firing a gun in the front yard on the 6500 block of Raymond Road at around 9:15 p.m.
The suspect was armed, allegedly with a handgun, and did fire at the officers prior to being shot. After being shot, EMTs were called to the scene and attempted to save the man. He died in the hospital.
Monica Howard, a neighbor in the Heather Downs Apartment complex, states that she believes the man who had been shot did have ongoing mental health issues, which might explain his behavior.
Investigation of the incident has been turned over to the Dane County Sheriff’s Investigate Unit. The Wisconsin Department of Justice released the following statement concerning the matter:
“DCI is continuing to collect evidence and determine the facts of this incident and will turn over investigative reports to a local district attorney’s office when the investigation concludes.”
The officers involved in the shooting have been put on administrative paid leave, as per the standard procedure. They will remain in this state as the investigation continues. According to the Madison Professional Police Association, members of their staff, both field and legal, have assisted the officers.
Satya Rhodes-Conway, the Mayor of Madison, released this statement on the afternoon of Monday, October 28th.
“I appreciate the danger that our officers face every single day, and we are fortunate this incident was not worse. The loss of life is always tragic. This situation is under investigation by Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation, which is a fully independent process. I respect the integrity of the investigative process, and await their report on this incident.”
For more information, visit the Madison Police Department website, at www.cityofmadison.com/police/.
By Elliot Wiex