‘I wish you would’ve mixed up your gun for your taser’ Police say domestic violence suspect wanted to be shot
MADISON, Wis. — Madison police say the suspect in a domestic violence incident who ran from officers and walked into traffic while pointing a gun at himself Thursday morning wanted to be shot by police.
In an update Friday morning, the Madison Police Department says the man, whose name has not been released, was involved in a domestic incident on the city’s north side Thursday morning in which he allegedly choked the victim and held a knife to the victim’s face.
Officers later found his car on Camden Road, just off of S. Stoughton Road, where officers set up multiple spike strips in the area before he tried to drive off.
Police say all four tires on the man’s car were popped by one of the spike strips, leading to him getting out of the car and facing officers while putting a gun inside his mouth. Officers say the man tried to pull the trigger while backing away from officers, but the gun did not go off. Police later determined the gun was loaded, but he was unable to remove the safety.
The man eventually threw the gun into the median of the road before officers sent a K-9 after him. Police say the man fought with the dog until officers used a taser to arrest him. Officers say the man did not suffer any serious injuries and was cleared at a hospital before being booked into jail.
After being arrested, the man allegedly told officers “I wish you would have mixed up your gun for your taser,” apparently referring to the incident in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, in which an officer claimed she was reaching for her taser before shooting and killing Daunte Wright. The killing sparked days of protests in the city.
Madison police say the man also said things to the effect of “why couldn’t you have shot me?” and “I wish y’all would’ve just shot me.”
The man faces possible charges of attempted first degree intentional homicide, false imprisonment, strangulation, intimidation of a victim, knowingly fleeing an officer, being a person convicted of a felony in possession of a firearm and shoving/kicking a police animal.
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