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Madison police chief's nephew charged in scuffle with police

MADISON, Wis. - A nephew of Madison Police Chief Mike Koval is accused of battering a police officer, resisting arrest and threatening to have officers fired following a fight at a bar in December.

Connor Koval, 22, is charged with felony battery to a law enforcement officer, misdemeanor resisting arrest and misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Authorities say Connor Koval aggressively lunged at and battered Sgt. Matthew Baker in the early morning hours of Dec. 9 outside of the Double U bar, while also stating he hoped the arresting officers would be shot.

According to the criminal complaint, Koval lunged toward Baker, scratched the officer's cheek and jabbed at the officer's throat. Koval also knocked Baker's glasses off his face. Another officer had to use an electronic control device to subdue Baker. 

The complaint said Koval also told the officers he was going to get them fired, shouted expletives at them and that he would "laugh at your funeral (and) piss on your grave." 

The defendant's attorney, Chris Van Wagner, said Koval was intoxicated and said a number of things he "truly regrets." Van Wagner says Koval is embarrassed that he "has put his uncle, the chief, in this position."


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