Lawyer for man accused of wounding officer claims officer was shot by another member of MPD
MADISON, Wis. — The attorney for a man accused of wounding a Madison police officer is claiming the gunshot actually came from another member of the MPD — not his client.
Katoine Richardson appeared in Dane County Court Tuesday on multiple charges, including possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, resisting an officer and causing a soft tissue injury to the officer, and three counts of bail jumping for violating previous bond conditions.
Police say Sgt. Nathaniel Lujan saw Richardson walking in the area of State Street and Gilman Street in the early morning hours of Sunday, October 10 and saw on Richardson’s file that he had a bond condition requiring him to be inside his home between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., meaning he was violating the terms of the bond.
According to court documents, police say two other officers approached Richardson outside Monday’s Bar. Police claim Richardson started to run after he saw one of the officers, and Sgt. Lujan heard a single gunshot coming from the area where Richardson and the officer were.
Sgt. Lujan said in the criminal complaint that he saw MPD officers holding Richardson to the ground, with Richardson’s hands on top of what he believed to be a black semi-automatic pistol.
Another MPD sergeant, Sgt. Jason Sweeney, told Det. Caleb Keller the officer who was shot — who is identified only as Officer EM in court documents — said he saw the other officer tackle Richardson before joining in trying to subdue him after he saw Richardson had a gun.
Officer EM said he then felt an injury to his hip that caused numbness and nerve pain.
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 court Tuesday, Richardson’s attorney said he may have been attempting “suicide by cop,” but claimed Richardson’s gun isn’t the one that shot the officer.
“The point of the matter is, he didn’t shoot anyone,” public defender Stan Woodard said. “Based on my discussion with my client, it may have been an inadvertent accident by an officer on the scene.”
Woodard doesn’t dispute the other charges against Richardson.
“That doesn’t take away the fact that he ran. And that doesn’t take away the fact that he wanted to pull out a weapon to, in effect, have, suicide by, as they say, cop,” Woodard said. “But the point of the matter is he did not fire that weapon at anyone let alone wanting to fire a weapon at a police officer.”
The criminal complaint filed in Dane County court is unclear on how the gunshot was fired or where it came from.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice is continuing to investigate the incident.
A Dane County judge set Richardson’s bond at $15,000 cash. He remains in the Dane County Jail as of Tuesday evening.
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