More charges filed against man in State St. struggle with police, new details on how officer was shot
MADISON, Wis. — New court documents shed more light on what police say happened during an incident last month in which a Madison police officer was shot by a fellow officer.
An amended criminal complaint for Katoine Richardson filed Monday adds several recklessly endangering safety charges, while authorities added more detail to their account of the events in the early-morning hours of October 10.
As previously reported, police said they saw Richardson on city surveillance cameras at a bar just before 12:30 a.m. on October 10, which violated a previous bond condition of being required to be home between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Richardson said he started to run when he saw police because he knew he had a gun for protection and he feared he would be sent to prison for a “long time” once police found the gun. He later told police that he was hoping to be shot and killed by officers because he did not want to go to prison.
During a struggle involving multiple officers, Richardson’s gun went off, injuring one of the officers. In court, Richardson’s lawyer said that the officer was shot by someone else on the police force and not his client, as police and other media reports may have implied.
In the new complaint, an MPD officer identified by the initials EM claimed Richardson pointed a handgun directly at him while trying to run from police. The officer also said he saw Richardson rack the slide of the gun back to load a round into the chamber.
Officer EM said when another officer, identified in the complaint as Officer Bruess, struggled with Richardson, he went to assist and tried to wrestle the gun away. He said he saw Richardson have his finger on the trigger guard as Officer EM tried to force the gun downward with his hands. That’s when he said he heard a shot go off and saw the muzzle flash, although the complaint does not say how the trigger was pulled.
Officer EM was later treated for a wound to the hip.
Officer EM claimed he saw Richardson try to re-load the gun, but he used one hand to keep the gun pinned to the ground and another hand on the barrel to prevent another round from being chambered. Other officers eventually arrived and got the gun away from Richardson.
Richardson was previously charged with carrying a concealed weapon, being in possession of a firearm, causing substantial bodily harm/soft tissue injury to an officer while resisting arrest and three counts of bail jumping.
The amended criminal complaint adds one count of first-degree recklessly endangering safety and two counts of second-degree recklessly endangering safety. The new charges come after previously being hinted at by prosecutors last month.
Not guilty pleas were entered for Richardson on Monday, according to court reports. He is scheduled to appear in Dane County court again in February. He is out on bail after getting support from local advocacy groups.
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