Police: Officer shot, killed teen after assault
A Madison police officer shot and killed a 19-year-old man after he assaulted the officer, police say.
Police responded to reports of shots fired on Williamson Street at 6:29 p.m. Police confirmed an incident on the 1100 block of Williamson Street.
Madison Police Chief Michael Koval said officers responded to a disturbance where it was reported that a person was jumping in and out of traffic, and possibly responsible for a battery.
At a Friday night news conference, Koval did not identify the person killed. However, Michael Johnson, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, identified him as 19-year-old Tony Robinson.
Koval said the officer heard something in the person’s home and went in. He said the person assaulted the officer, and the officer shot him. Koval said the officer rendered aid, and the man was transferred to the hospital where he died.
Police said the scene on Williamson Street is volatile and upsetting.
Koval said the Department of Justice will conduct an investigation, and MPD will only “supplement their needs.”
The Wisconsin Professional Police Association posted on its Facebook page around 7:30 p.m.
“The WPPA’s field and legal staff is currently responding to an officer-involved shooting in Madison. Please keep all involved in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you.”
Rep. Chris Taylor, who happened to be in the area at the time of the shooting, worked successfully for legislation last year that would require an independent agency to investigate when there is an officer-involved shooting.
“Obviously we’ve had our share of tragedies in this community, so it’s a scary thing when you’re in a situation like that, which I never expected to be in tonight, I have to say,” she said.
Protesters gathered on the scene Friday night. The Young, Gifted and Black Coalition will host a strategy session at 10:30 a.m. in Madison. Members will meet at the YWCA on Latham Drive.