Family to sue Madison officer over fatal shooting

Heimsness retires from Madison police

A lawyer for the relatives of a Madison man shot and killed by a police officer last year says the family is suing the officer and the City of Madison.

Jeff Olson says he’ll file the suit Thursday in federal court in Madison. The lawsuit names the city, Police Chief Noble Wray and Officer Stephen Heimsness.

Investigators say the 30-year-old Heenan was drunk when he entered a neighbor’s home. Heimsness said he fired after Heenan grabbed at his gun, but Heenan’s family disputes that.

The Dane County district attorney cleared Heimsness of the shooting. Heimsness has since agreed to retire or quit as of Nov. 23.

Jim Palmer of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association says Heimsness will let the record speak for itself.

Madison city attorney Michael May declined to comment, saying he hadn’t seen the lawsuit. Wray did not immediately return a message seeking comment.