26-year-old woman killed in officer-involved shooting, police say

Police respond to MacArthur Road for reports of domestic disturbance
26-year-old woman killed in officer-involved shooting, police say

Madison police said a woman is dead after an officer-involved shooting on Madison’s east side early Sunday morning.

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 his girlfriend armed herself with a handgun, according to a release from MPD. Officers made contact with the woman, and she displayed a handgun.

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

Two officers fired their service weapons, officials said. The 26-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Koval said a lot of homicides that have resulted in Madison have their root in or were predicated by domestic violence.

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

DeSpain said more information will be released once the department talks with the Department of Criminal Investigation, which is handling the investigation into the incident.

The officers involved will be placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, officials said.

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