Ozanne: Charging decision in Quadren Wilson police shooting ‘likely’ to be announced next week
MADISON, Wis. — Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said he expects to announce whether his office will press charges against officers involved in the February police shooting of Quadren Wilson on Madison’s northeast side “likely” next week.
During a Dane County board budget meeting Wednesday night, Ozanne said he had reached a charging decision in Wilson’s shooting but did not say what the decision was.
Twenty-one officers from multiple agencies were involved in Wilson’s arrest on the morning of Feb. 3; two special agents from the state’s Division of Criminal Investigation — Mark Wagner and Nathan Peskie — fired their guns. Wilson and his family have said he was shot five times; the Dane County Sheriff’s Office, which was investigating the shooting, did not say how many times he was shot.
Wilson, who was unarmed, was sentenced in May to three years in prison as part of a plea agreement related to drug charges.
The sheriff’s office said in early June it had finished its investigation into the shooting and turned over its files to Ozanne’s office to determine if Wagner and Peskie would be charged.
Ozanne’s comments came after county board member Tim Kiefer asked him during a budget meeting if the district attorney’s office needs additional staff to make charging decisions quicker.
Ozanne’s 2023 budget proposal calls for adding five additional full-time staff members to the district attorney’s office, including an investigator, a paralegal, an IT specialist, a social justice director and a public information officer. The budget also proposes increasing a trauma specialist position from half-time to three-quarter time.
In response, Ozanne said the investigator and paralegal specifically would “have an impact on that ability.”
“I will continue to work as hard as I can to make these decisions as quickly as I can and we will try and ensure that this community gets answers to their questions as best we can do that,” he said.
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