Madison police update officer-involved shooting policy

Madison police update officer-involved shooting policy

As the investigation into a deadly officer-involved shooting continues, WISC has learned the Madison Police Department is using a new policy when it comes to investigating its own.

Chief Noble Wray tells WISC the the department has updated its policy on how it handles officer-involved shootings. Saturday’s shooting was the first time they implemented their new procedures.

The shooting death of Charles Carll last Saturday remains under investigation. Madison police are working this case under new guidelines.

Police started reviewing their procedures for officer involved shootings after the shooting death of Paul Heenan last November.

“There’s a conflict of interest form that an officer would fill out if they’ll be investigating it. There’s some work that we’ve done with the union as to how we would ask officers for blood,” Wray said.

He says all three officers involved in the Carll case volunteered to have their blood drawn as a part of the investigation. They remain on administrative leave per department policy.

Like the Heenan case, the Carll case will be investigated by Madison police with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office observing. Chief Wray says the shooting death of Brent Brozek this past May was investigated by the State Department of Criminal Investigations because there were multiple law enforcement agencies were involved.

“The standard policy for every officer-involved shooting is that you look at the incident and you look at what is in the best interest of the investigation,” Wray said.

This is the third deadly shooting in the last nine months involving Madison officers. Madison Mayor Paul Soglin supports the changes.

“Going back a year ago we were looking at changes in how the department investigated and brought in outside agencies,” Soglin said. “I’m supportive of that then and supportive of that now.”

After the department’s review is complete, it will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office.

“We believe the Madison Police Department can investigate these. There may be a time depending on the set of circumstances that we may look for an outside agency,” Wray said.

He released a statement earlier this week indicating the preliminary investigation showed officers’ actions were justified.

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