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Koval discusses officer-involved shooting; Investigation underway

Groups discuss, protest police shooting

Koval discusses officer-involved shooting; Investigation underway

MADISON, Wis. - Madison Police Chief Mike Koval spoke Saturday about an officer-involved shooting Friday night that left a 19-year-old dead on Williamson Street.

Madison police said an officer responded to a report of a disturbance on Williamson Street at 6:29 p.m. Koval said in a news conference Friday night that the police officer shot the teen after he allegedly assaulted the officer.

On Saturday, Koval declined to answer questions about the specifics of the incident, citing an ongoing investigation by the Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation. 

The Dane County medical examiner confirmed the man killed was Tony Robinson, a recent graduate of Sun Prairie High School.

Police haven't said how many times Robinson was shot or where.

The officer invoked in the incident, Matthew Kenny, was involved in an officer-involved shooting on Camden Road in 2007. Forty-eight-year-old Ronald Brandon was shot and killed after he pointed a gun at officers and refused to drop his weapon in a case investigators, and the police chief at the time, Noble Wray, classified as "suicide by cop." The gun turned out to be a replica pellet gun that resembled a 38-caliber handgun.

Kenny's actions were found to be justified by the Dane County District Attorney's Office after an investigation. Former Dane County District Attorney Brian Blanchard said in a letter that the officers were presented with a life-and-death choice and they acted within the law.

Koval declined to comment whether Robinson has had previous interactions with officers. Court documents show Robinson was charged with armed robbery in 2014. Robinson pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years of probation.

Protesters gathered on the scene Friday night. The Young, Gifted and Black Coalition hosted a packed crowd at a community meeting at the YWCA on Madison's south side Saturday morning. A crowd gathered outside the City-County Building in downtown Madison carrying signs protesting the police shooting.

The Urban League of Greater Madison said in a statement Saturday that it "is deeply disturbed and saddened by the police shooting of 19-year old Tony Robinson." Multiple events were planned Saturday to gather the community and offer support.

Conversations and protest have remained peaceful but passionate throughout Saturday, but demonstrators say they will continue to demand justice from police.


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