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EXCLUSIVE: January incident involving police and teen Robinson ended peacefully

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Just weeks before a Madison police officer fatally shot unarmed, teenage suspect Tony Robinson, Robinson had another encounter with responding police officers, but that incident ended peacefully.

Police Chief Mike Koval says Officer Matt Kenny fatally shot Robinson Mar. 6 after the teenager punched Kenny in the head. Koval says Kenny and other officers were responding to reports of Robinson running in traffic on Williamson Street, and battering someone. Authorities say 911 calls were placed before the shooting over Robinson's erratic behavior.

Captain Anthony Bitterman tells 27 News a 911 call was placed Jan. 11 over Robinson's behavior on that day, and says the call was made by Robinson's mother, Andrea Irwin.

Irwin's attorney, John Cates tells 27 News Robinson was distraught and crying as he left Irwin's southeast side home. "He felt he wrecked his life," Cates says, referring to the teenager's feelings over a 2014 armed robbery conviction and probation sentence.

Cates tells 27 News Irwin "...did what a mother would do," and called 911, concerned about Robinson's demeanor and intentions.

Cates says a responding "neighborhood officer" encountered Robinson walking in Irwin's neighborhood. Cates tells 27 News the officer was able to calm Robinson down, and no arrest or detention took place. "He gave him a pep talk," Cates says.

There is no, listed neighborhood officer for Erwin's Owl Creek subdivision. Police expediter Officer David Dexheimer tells 27 News the neighborhood's community policing team officer was not among the officers who responded to the call.

Bitterman declines to release police reports on the incident to 27 News, following the television station's request for information under the state's Open Records statute. Bitterman says the reports contain reference to confidential health information, and says redacting that information and releasing the remaining content of the reports was rejected.

27 News has yet to receive a response from the 911 Emergency Communications Center in connection to a request for a copy of the audio from the call placed by Irwin.

Bitterman does tell 27 News Kenny was not one of the officers who responded to the call involving Robinson.

Cates says Irwin believed the officers who responded to her distress call over the teenager's actions handled the situation appropriately.

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