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Hearing on officer's proposed firing next month


MADISON (WKOW) -- The Madison Police and Fire Commission will have its first hearing on two, separate complaints against Officer Stephen Heimsness next month.

PFC attorney Scott Herrick says an initial hearing into the proposed firing of Heimsness will take place July 8.

Chief Noble Wray says he wants Heimsness fired over policy violations that primarily involve Heimsness' messages over a squad car-based computer system. Wray says some of the messages were racially and sexually inappropriate, and joked about intending to carry out a workplace shooting.

Housemates of Madison musician Paul Heenan have also filed a complaint, asking for Heimsness' dismissal based on his actions in killing Heenan in November.

Heimsness fatally shot Heenan, after Heenan drunkenly entered the wrong home, scuffled with the homeowner, clashed with Heimsness, and Heimsness said, went after the officer's gun.

Heimsness has been cleared of wrongdoing by reviews by both the Dane County District Attorney and police investigators. The civil rights division of the U.S. Department of Justice is still reviewing Heimsness' actions.

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