Madison police say man shot by officers had knife

  • Associated Press
  • August 18, 2013 - 4:35 PM

MADISON, Wis. — A man killed in a confrontation with Madison police officers was armed with a knife, the department said Sunday.

Assistant Chief John Davenport said the officers were told the man had cut his wife in the stomach, and was suicidal and still armed. He said they confronted him and tried unsuccessfully to stun him with a Taser. He said the man ignored commands and continued acting aggressively to the officers, so they opened fire.

Authorities later determined the subject's wife was not injured. The incident happened Saturday afternoon.

Police did not immediately disclose how many officers responded, how many fired their weapons, how many times the subject was shot, or in which parts of the body he was hit. His name and age were not immediately released either.

Davenport said the officers involved were all department veterans. They were placed on paid leave, which he said is standard procedure after critical incidents. None of the officers was injured.

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne has been to the scene and the Dane County Sheriff's Office is observing the ongoing investigation, the assistant chief said.

The shooting was the third incident in nine months in which a Madison police officer has shot and killed someone in the line of duty.

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