‘No other option’: DA clears officers who shot, killed WTS Paradigm gunman
Ozanne said two Dane County sheriff’s deputies and two Middleton police officers were justified when they engaged in a shootout with 43-year-old Anthony Tong in WTS Paradigm’s Middleton offices on Sept 19.
Dane County DA says WTS Paradigm shooter “gave law enforcement no other option” than to use deadly force. No charges will be filed against the two @middletonpd officers & two @DaneSheriff deputies for killing Anthony Tong on Sept. 19. #news3 pic.twitter.com/lpmDnYFNHf
— Amanda Quintana (@AmandaQTV) January 7, 2019
“Responding to an active shooter who is armed and is not responding to verbal commands to drop his weapon, gives law enforcement really no other option than to use deadly force as well,” Ozanne said.
Tong was fatally shot. Three people were seriously wounded in the attack but survived.
Ozanne said officials still do not know — and may never know — Tong’s motive for shooting. Tong was described by a former co-worker as a quiet person who never smiled.
According to an affidavit filed in 2004 in South Dakota, Tong’s concealed-carry permit had been revoked following a mental health check by police in 2004. According to Ozanne, South Dakota officials did not record this on the national databsase.
Ozanne said Tong assembled the gun he used by purchasing parts of it online and assembling it himself. He added there is no current background check on such purchases that would have prevented Tong from obtaining the weapon, despite his history with paranoid schizophrenia.
All four officers had been on paid administrative leave while the state Division of Criminal Investigation investigated the incident.
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