MPD officer on restricted duty during investigation into domestic incident

Records: Officer admits to pointing weapon at man inside apartment
MPD officer on restricted duty during investigation into domestic incident

A Madison Police Department officer is on restrictive duty while authorities look into his alleged involvement in a domestic incident earlier this fall.

MPD Professional Standards/Internal Affairs Lt. Cory Nelson confirmed that the internal investigation is underway into the officer’s conduct on Oct. 19 at an apartment in Verona.

According to Verona police records, the officer admitted that after his shift, he kicked in the door to the apartment of a woman he admitted having a long-term affair with after he said he heard her scream. Verona police records show that the Madison officer acknowledged pointing a weapon at an unarmed man inside the apartment after he entered.

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne told News 3 Monday his office canceled the officer’s Nov. 26 initial court appearance, where he was to face a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct while armed. Ozanne said he did not know when or if the appearance would be rescheduled.

“We’re restricted on what we can talk about,” Ozanne said, referring to his office’s policy of not discussing open investigations.

The 30-page Verona police report into the incident included multiple interviews with the officer, the woman and the man at the apartment on the date of the incident, as well as reviews of cellphone records, 911 calls and text messages.

News 3 is not naming the MPD officer because he has not been charged with a crime.