Not guilty pleas entered for man charged in northside police shooting, co-defendant

MADISON, Wis. — Two men charged in connection with a January robbery that led to a shootout between Madison police officers and one of the defendants a day later are headed to trial.

Prosecutors allege that 24-year-old Syngleton Smith-Harston and 24-year-old Cameron Smith robbed a convenience store on North Sherman Avenue on the night of Jan. 10. According to a criminal complaint filed against the two men, a security camera captured footage of the men at the store at the time of the robbery.

Madison police arrested Smith the following morning as he left an apartment on Northport Drive. Around the same time, officers reportedly ordered Smith-Harston to surrender himself, but he refused. He then jumped off of a second-story apartment balcony and started running from officers, according to the complaint.

An officer at the scene later reported Smith-Harston then fired at officers in the area; officers returned fire and hit Smith-Harston “multiple times,” according to MPD Chief Shon Barnes. Police arrested Smith-Harston shortly after.

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Smith-Harston is charged with a dozen offenses, including two counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide. Smith is charged with two counts of armed robbery and two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

During a joint preliminary hearing on Thursday, the court entered not guilty pleas on behalf of both men as they stood mute.

Officials have not yet set a follow-up court date for either Smith-Harston or Smith.