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Fatal officer-involved shooting under investigation

Third officer-involved shooting with MPD since Nov. 2012

MADISON, Wis. - Police are investigating Madison's third officer-involved shooting since November 2012.

Sgt. Mike Hanson told News3 investigators are still on scene.

The shooting happened Saturday around 3:20 p.m. and left one man dead, officials said. No officers were injured in the incident.

The shooting happened on Madison's west side on the 5200 block of Hammersley Road, officials said.

"At this point, we're continuing the investigation and plan on being here through the night," Sgt. Michael Hanson of the Madison Police Department told WISC-TV Saturday.

Police said officers were summoned for a "weapons call" this afternoon.

Police said Saturday the person who was killed was male.

"Several officers responded to the location, engaged with the individual. As a result, there was an officer-involved shooting. The male is deceased and the Madison Police Department is investigating this at this time," said Sgt. Hanson.

The Dane County District Attorney's office has been notified of the shooting.


This is the third officer-involved shooting for the Madison Police Department since Nov. 2012.

Madison officers shot and killed Brent Brozek on May 17, 2013.

In that incident, dash cam video showed Brozek walking toward officers with a sword hanging on his hip.

Authorities said afterward that they were familiar with Brozek, saying that they had been called to his home several times for incidents related to his mental health and disorderly conduct.

Officers were cleared of any wrongdoing in the shooting.

A more controversial shooting happened last November after officer Stephen Heimsness shot Paul Heenan after Heimsness claimed Heenan lunged at him.

While Heimsness has announced his retirement from the Madison Police Department, friends and family of the victim are still following up on a formal complaint filed with the Madison Police and Fire Commission.

A schedule for potential hearings on that complaint is expected to be announced soon.

Regarding the Heenan shooting, Chief Noble Wray recently said that he looks at the incident as a way to make his department stronger.

"So I view this recent incident in the same way," said Wray. "Every time these things come up, there are things that you realize you can improve on, and I think that's what we're doing with this, we're improving on it."

Stay tuned to WISC-TV and for more information on Saturday's shooting as it becomes available.

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