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Woman with gun killed in officer involved shooting

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Madison (WKOW)-- A 26-year-old woman is dead after Madison Police responded to a domestic disturbance call early Sunday morning. The call came in at 1:22 a.m. after a man told a 911 communicator his girlfriend was armed with a handgun. Neighbors tell 27 News the couple was arguing loudly and at one point the man ran out of the apartment to call for help.

Two Madison police officers responded to the call. Officials say a third officer with specialized training in crisis negotiation was later called to the scene. The officers made contact with the 26-year-old woman who was holding a semi-automatic handgun at the time.

"Upon arrival we did make contact with the woman. There were extended verbal discussions held, but at one point she presented a threat to those officers," Madison Police Chief Michael Koval says.

Both officers opened fire after the woman ignored their commands. Chief Koval would not elaborate on where the woman was hit, but says the officers attempted to render aid after the shooting. Their attempts to save her life were unsuccessful as the woman died moments later on scene.

Due to a new Wisconsin state law regarding officer involved shootings, the State Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) has been called in as the primary investigative agency on the case. DCI has yet to release the names of the officers involved or the woman who died. They released a statement Sunday morning saying, "We typically don't comment during open investigations. The case is ongoing at this time."

Madison police say they will only release certain information in the case because DCI has taken over most of the investigation.

"This is an investigation led by DCI. We are only providing supplemental resources to this investigation. Those resources are being directed and commanded by DCI," Koval explains.

Chief Koval says a trained crisis negotiator was on scene during the incident. He says domestic related calls like this are some of the most dangerous situations that the Madison Police Department responds to.

"There are just so many unforeseen variables in a domestic call. As we've sadly seen over the last decade or so, a lot of the homicides that have resulted in the city of Madison have as their root causes, they were predicated in domestic violence," Koval says.

Officials say the officers who were involved in the shooting have been put on routine administrative leave. DCI plans to conduct follow up interviews with these officers in the coming days.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison Police Chief Mike Koval just completed a briefing on the officer-involved shooting from the scene of the incident. Chief Koval confirmed that 2 officers were involved. He also said that a trained negotiator was also on the scene overnight. Our crew is on the east side collecting information from police and neighbors near the 1100 block of MacArthur Road.

Look for updates on wkow.com as well as our 5:30 & 10:00 p.m. newscast with Jennifer Kliese.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison Police officers are on the scene of an officer involved shooting Sunday morning. According to MPD they were called to a domestic disturbance in the 1100 block of MacArthur Rd. just after 1:20 a.m.

A male caller told a 911 communicator that he had fled an apartment after his girlfriend armed herself with a handgun.

Officers made contact with that woman and MPD says she displayed a handgun. When the woman failed to comply with verbal commands. Two officers fired their service weapons.

An MPD release states the woman was pronounced deceased at the scene. She was 26 years old, and the Dane County Medical Examiner will release her name after all family members are notified.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is leading the investigation into the officer involved shooting. The involved officers will be placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.DCI spokesperson Dana Brueck told 27 News that DCI doesn't typically comment during open investigations. DCI was called to respond to investigate the officer-involved shooting at the request of Madison Police, and that investigation is ongoing.

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