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MPD internal investigation clears officers in May 20 shooting

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison Police have finished their internal review of the officer-involved shooting on MacArthur Road May 20.

Cleared in the incident are Officers Justin Bailey and Gary Pihlaja.  Authorities say Ashley DiPiazza was involved in a domestic disturbance at an apartment on MacArthur Rd.  DiPiazza's boyfriend called 911, reporting he left the apartment after his girlfriend armed herself with a handgun and was threatening him.  Officers responded and shot and killed her after she threatened them.

Use of deadly force is only authorized when an officer reasonably believes a lesser degree of force would be insufficient.  Both officers remain on leave, but will be transitioned back to their regular duties as they are ready.
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