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Names of officers involved in deadly shooting released

MADISON, Wis. - The names of the officers involved in an officer-involved shooting on Madison's east side early Sunday morning were released by police Wednesday.

Officers Justin Bailey and Gary Pihlaja were placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, which is being led by the state Department of Criminal Investigation, officials said. Bailey has been on the force for five years. Pihlaja has been on for six years.

Ashley DiPiazza, 26, of Madison, was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting in the 1100 block of MacArthur Road, according to a release.

DiPiazza died from firearm related injuries, officials said.

Madison Police Department spokesperson Joel DeSpain said officers were dispatched to a call in the 1100 block of MacArthur Road around 1:20 a.m. for reports of a domestic disturbance.

A man told a 911 dispatcher that he left an apartment after DiPiazza armed herself with a handgun, according to a release from MPD. Officers made contact with DiPiazza, and she displayed a handgun.

Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said officers attempted to talk with DiPiazza, but there was an "imminent threat of death or great bodily harm."

Bailey and Pihlaja fired their service weapons, officials said.

No officers were injured, and the man who called police sustained non-life-threatening injuries, Koval said.

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