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Feds to review police shooting of Paul Heenan


MADISON (WKOW) -- The U.S. Justice Department will review the deadly police shooting of Madison resident Paul Heenan.

According to a Wisconsin State Journal report posted on madison.com, the Civil Rights Division will review the case, in which Madison police officer Stephen Heimsness shot and killed the unarmed suspect, Heenan, in a confrontation on South Baldwin Street on November 9, 2012.

U.S. Attorney John Vaudreuil is quoted in the report stating that he asked for the review after receiving 50 to 100 letters requesting an independent review of MPD's internal investigation of the shooting

That investigation, and a review by Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne found no wrongdoing on the part of Heimsness, concluding he was justified in using his weapon when Heenan lunged at the officer's gun.

According to the report, Vaudreuil said the federal review could take several weeks to be completed and will be limited to the question of whether there was a violation of federal law, specifically, whether Heenan's constitutional rights were violated by the use of unreasonable force.

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