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Officer-involved shooting victim respected, neighborhood watch volunteer


MADISON (WKOW) -- Friends, colleagues and neighbors describe a Madison man who was shot by police officers as respected, trustworthy and missed.

Authorities say 59-year old Charles Carll was shot and killed Saturday, after arming himself with a knife, refusing to obey police commands, and failing to be subdued by a taser. Authorities say officers were told Carll had cut his wife and was suicidal, but police officials later learned Carll's wife was unhurt.

USDA's Forest Products Laboratory spokesperson Doug Clawson says Carll worked at the Madison facility as a research technologist for thirty one years, retired in 2011, and continued to volunteer at the facility. Clawson says there were no workplace issues with Carll and he was well-liked.

Neighbor Dennis Bestegen says Carll was part of the community's neighborhood watch, and took his participation seriously.

Bestegen says Carll frequently helped him, from showing up with a chain saw after an overnight storm felled a large tree limb on his property, to pulling in with his pick-up truck to take Bestegen's brush to a city yard-waste site.

"We lost a very good neighbor," Bestegen tells 27 News.

Both Bestegen and neighbor Chris Ogden says they never saw anything odd at the Carll home on Hammersley Road, and also never saw a police response to the home. Police officials have provided no information to 27 News on whether any past, police calls involved Carll's residence.

An online, state database shows no criminal record for Carll.

"It's just a shame that this happened," Odgen tells 27 News. "I can't even imagine what those people's feelings in that home are."

27 News has been unable to contact Carll's wife, or two, grown children.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports one of Carll's sons refutes the police version of his father's death.

Police Chief Noble Wray says preliminary investigation shows officers were justified in their actions.

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