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Man who pulled out rifle during food-cart fight to face charges, police say

MADISON, Wis. - Police are recommending a charge to the Dane County District Attorney against a man suspected of pulling out a rifle during an alleged fight outside a food cart early Sunday

The Madison Police Department said Friday that it will ask District Attorney Ismael Ozanne's office to charge 31-year-old Ellis J. Slaughter with second-degree recklessly endangering safety. 

Slaughter has been in custody since he was arrested on an unrelated charges Sunday hours after the incident. 

Police said Slaughter was working at the Leia's Lunchbox at about 1:45 a.m. in the 500 block of North Frances Street when a fight broke out by the cart. Slaughter reportedly left the food truck and tried to settle the men down, but the situation escalated and the two starting to fight with Slaughter, according to the release. Slaughter retrieved what police described as a "sub compact assault-style rifle" and pointed it at one of the men. 

Following the gun violence, an 18-year-old Madison man, who had also been in the cart's food line, was punched in the face by one of the men who had created the initial disturbance, the report said. Officers found and arrested the battery suspect -- a 29-year-old Madison man.

The gun incident, which happened near campus, was addressed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison police Tuesday. UWPD said that it didn't send an all-campus alert because by the time police confirmed the gun incident was not a hoax, there was no longer an imminent threat.


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