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Madison police officer shot fellow officer in arrest of armed man on State Street, DOJ says

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A Madison police officer “inadvertently” shot and injured a fellow officer during the arrest of a man who pointed a loaded handgun at police on State Street on Oct. 10, the Wisconsin Department of Justice said Monday.

The department’s Division of Criminal Investigation, which investigates police shootings, said in a statement that it is “continuing to review evidence and determine the facts of this incident and will turn over investigative reports to the Dane County District Attorney when the investigation concludes.”

The disclosure comes more than a week after the Madison Police Department and DOJ announced the shooting, and DOJ said a person with a handgun had been arrested in the incident.

In a statement Monday, the Madison Police Department said the police officer — identified by DOJ as Keith Brown — fired his weapon and was put on leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

“We respect the process and mandate of the state law requiring an independent investigation,” the statement said. “We recognize that DCI is still actively conducting this investigation and analyzing evidence collected in order to determine the entirety of this event.”

Until Monday, both agencies had declined to provide more information on the case to the Wisconsin State Journal.

Shortly after 12:30 a.m. on Oct. 10, Madison police were attempting to arrest Katoine Richardson, 19, in the 500 block of State Street when Richardson ran from police, DCI said.

Richardson, who was wanted for felony bail jumping, pointed a loaded handgun at officers, DCI said. At some point during the arrest, Brown fired a shot that hit another officer, who was taken to a local hospital and has since been released, according to DCI.

Katoine Richardson

Richardson

Another officer sustained minor injuries during the arrest, and police took Richardson into custody without injury, DCI said.

Madison police said the officer who had been shot “is expected to make a full recovery.”

“This incident highlights the dangers posed by individuals who choose to illegally possess and use firearms, and those dangers can no longer be tolerated by our community,” the police statement said. “We ask that the residents of our community remember the dangers our officers face every day as they try to keep this City safe.”

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said his office had not received reports from DCI and did not have an estimate on when DCI’s investigation would be complete.

Richardson later told an investigator he ran from police because he did not want to get caught carrying a gun while he violated a curfew imposed in other criminal cases pending against him.

Richardson already had open felony cases in Dane County for armed burglary and bail jumping, as well as five open misdemeanor cases for charges including criminal damage to property and being a passenger in a stolen vehicle.

Richardson’s attorney, state assistant public defender Stanley Woodard, said when Richardson appeared in court on Tuesday that Richardson did not fire a gun and did not shoot anyone, and suggested the officer may have been shot by another officer.

Richardson’s bail was set at $16,000 after he was charged with possession of a firearm by a person found delinquent in juvenile court, resisting an officer causing a soft-tissue injury, carrying a concealed weapon, and three counts of felony bail jumping. He also faces a misdemeanor bail jumping charge for an unrelated matter.

The complaint and a probable cause affidavit state that an officer, identified in the affidavit as Edward McKinley, told investigators he was on State Street and saw another officer, identified in the documents as Richard Bruess, tackle Richardson after a foot chase. McKinley said he saw Richardson holding a semi-automatic handgun.

McKinley said he grabbed Richardson and began struggling with him. The affidavit states McKinley told an investigator he saw Richardson pull out a semi-automatic handgun and try to get a round into the gun’s chamber. He said he grabbed Richardson’s hand and struggled with him.

During the struggle, the complaint states, McKinley sustained a hip injury that resulted in numbness and nerve pain. It states he was admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment later on the day of the shooting.

DCI, which is being assisted in the investigation by the Wisconsin State Crime Lab and Wisconsin State Patrol, said no further information was available.

It is the first time in more than 20 years that a Madison officer has been shot in the line of duty, the police department said. Former Madison Officer Andy Garcia was shot in the leg and the chest on March 21, 1997, as he and Officer Tim Hahn were attempting to arrest a man on a La Crosse County warrant on the city’s Southwest Side.

The suspect, Timothy Wing, 38, a failed Libertarian Assembly candidate from Madison who was wanted for not showing up to serve a nine-month jail sentence for indecent exposure, was shot and killed by Hahn.

The bullet to Garcia’s chest was deflected by a bulletproof vest, and Garcia survived the attack but suffered a deep chest bruise and injuries to his upper right thigh.


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