Robinson’s mom calls 911 weeks before Willy Street incident

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Weeks before Tony Robinson was shot and killed by Madison police officer Matthew Kenny, concerns over Robinson’s emotional state led his mother to call 911.

John Cates, the family’s attorney, said while Robinson did not have a history of depression, his mother, Andrea Irwin, was worried about his emotional state.

“He thought that he had really ruined his life,” Cates said.

The incident happened on January 11, about eight weeks before he was shot on Williamson Street.

“His mother was trying to calm him down and tell him in essence, ‘You are young, you have plenty of life ahead of you, you can get through this,'” Cates said.

Cates said Robinson’s frustrations and concerns stemmed from a 2014 armed robbery conviction and probation, prompting him to leave his mother’s home in the Owl Creek subdivision distraught, and he did not tell her where he was going or when he would return.

“She got concerned because she was worried about him, because she didn’t know where he was going and he was emotionally upset at himself,” Cates said.

Cates said shortly after, a Madison police officer, who frequently patrolled the area, arrived at Irwin’s home while Robinson was walking back to the neighborhood.

The officer was able to calm him down with what Cates described as a pep talk. No citations were given during the January call to Irwin’s house.

Cates doesn’t believe Robinson was under the influence of any drugs at the time of the incident.

News 3 previously spoke to Robinson’s uncle, who confirmed Robinson was on hallucinogenic drugs during the time of the Williamson Street shooting.

The Madison Police Department denied News 3’s request for police reports in the January incident. However, Officer David Dexheimer confirmed the responding officer was not Kenny.

News 3’s request for a copy of the audio from the call placed by Irwin from the 911 emergency communications center have not yet been approved.