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Dane Co. deputies cleared in officer-involved shooting

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The deputies involved in an officer-involved shooting in the town of Primrose have been cleared.

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne announced Tuesday there is no potential criminal liability in the actions of the officers in the shooting of Dean Caccamo.

“The deputies were responding to a call of multiple assaults with injured victims. In making contact with the suspect, deputies were sprayed with pepper spray and the suspect attempted to disarm a deputy,” said Ozanne in a news release. “Responding to that threat with deadly force is permitted under the law.”

Deputies shot Caccamo after being called to a house on Hanna Road the afternoon of May 1. Investigators say Caccamo had beaten the two people who lived in the home. When officers went inside to find Caccamo, authorities say he attacked them with pepper spray and tried to take a less-than-lethal shotgun from one of the deputies. Officers fired at Caccamo and he was hit in the shoulder, the bullet also puncturing one of his lungs. Caccamo later died.

Two officers were stabbed in the legs during the incident. Their injuries were not life-threatening.

Ozanne says the investigation into the shooting met and exceeded the process and procedure outlined in Act 348, which requires outside law enforcement agencies to investigate an officer-involved shooting. This investigation involved officers from police departments in Madison, Sun Prairie, Fitchburg and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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