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Heenan friends, family to file formal complaint

Heenan killed by Madison Police November 2012

MADISON, Wis. - The friends and family of another man killed by Madison Police are filing a formal complaint with the Madison Police and Fire Commission.

Officer Stephen Heimsness remains on leave for the shooting death of Paul Heenan in November 2012.

Heenan's friends said Heimsness has a questionable record of using excessive force, and the Madison Police Department overlooked certain aspects of a witness account.

Heenan was mistakenly identified as a burglar by residents on the 500 block of Baldwin Street. Heenan was intoxicated and entered into a neighboring home.

During the encounter with Heimsness, Heenan approached the officer and was shot, according to police. Heimsness said that Heenan attempted to grab his gun in a scuffle, according to a news release by the Dane County District Attorney.

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