DOJ: Madison police officer responsible for State Street shooting that injured officer

MADISON, Wis. — State authorities said Monday that a Madison Police Department officer was responsible for a State Street shooting that wounded another officer earlier this month.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Justice, MPD officer Keith Brown fired his gun during an attempted arrest around 12:30 a.m. on Oct. 10. The round Brown fired inadvertently hit another officer. That officer was hospitalized and has since been released and is expected to make a full recovery.

Another officer suffered a minor injury during the attempted arrest. No one else was injured in the incident.

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In a statement to News 3 Now, MPD officials confirmed Brown has since been placed on administrative leave as the DOJ’s investigation continues.

DOJ officials said Katoine Richardson — the man police were trying to arrest at the time — was in possession of a loaded gun that he pointed at officers during the incident. A criminal complaint filed against him makes no mention of Richardson firing a gun.

According to the complaint, the incident started when police tried arresting Richardson in the State Street area because he was out after his court-mandated curfew. When police tried making contact with Richardson near Mondays bar, he reportedly ran before getting into a struggle with an officer. The complaint alleges that Richardson had his hands on top of what was believed to be a pistol when he was finally brought to the ground.

When interviewed by police, Richardson allegedly told officers he knew he wasn’t supposed to have a gun because of a previous juvenile conviction and ran when he saw the officers because he feared going to prison for a long time once officers found it. He also allegedly said he would rather die than go to prison, so he tried to get officers to shoot and kill him.

In response to the DOJ’s release, Madison police said the incident is an example of dangers that can “no longer be tolerated.”

“This incident highlights the dangers posed by individuals who choose to illegally possess and use firearms, and those dangers can no longer be tolerated by our community,” MPD’s statement reads. “We ask that the residents of our community remember the dangers our officers face every day as they try to keep this City safe.”

After the shooting, Madison police issued a statement saying it was the first time in 20 years an officer had been shot in the line of duty.

Authorities with DOJ’s Division of Criminal Investigation said their investigation is ongoing.

Read MPD’s full response to the DOJ’s update below:

“We appreciate the thoroughness of the ongoing investigation currently being conducted by the Division of Criminal Investigation, and appreciate the initial details released by DCI today. We respect the process and mandate of the state law requiring an independent investigation. We recognize that DCI is still actively conducting this investigation and analyzing evidence collected in order to determine the entirety of this event. As is the normal protocol for officers involved in the use of deadly force, the officer that discharged his weapon has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. The officer injured during this incident is expected to make a full recovery. This incident highlights the dangers posed by individuals who choose to illegally possess and use firearms, and those dangers can no longer be tolerated by our community. We ask that the residents of our community remember the dangers our officers face every day as they try to keep this City safe.”