A state law enforcement agent pleaded not guilty Tuesday in a case that has brought Wisconsin's deadly force rules into the spotlight.

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MADISON, Wis. -- A state law enforcement agent pleaded not guilty Tuesday in a case that has brought Wisconsin's deadly force rules into the spotlight.

Dane County prosecutors charged Division of Criminal Investigation agent Mark Wagner late last year with one count of second-degree recklessly endangering safety after investigators determined Wagner fired at Quadren Wilson -- who was wanted for various drug charges -- during an attempted arrest on Madison's east side in February 2022.

According to court documents, Wagner fired twice at Wilson during the stop; Wagner's attorneys later argued in court he did so because Wagner believed Wilson was shooting at him.

Wilson, however, was not armed during the incident, according to an investigation conducted by the Dane County Sheriff's Office.

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Wagner's attorneys had previously requested the Dane County District Attorney's office be recused from prosecuting the case, but that request -- as well as one to dismiss the case entirely -- were both denied.

Wagner is scheduled to appear in court in late March for a status conference.

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