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DA: Officer will not be charged in shooting death of Tony Robinson

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne has announced there will not be criminal charges filed against the officer who shot and killed Tony Robinson, 19, on March 6.

Ozanne held a news conference Tuesday afternoon to release the results of his review of a Wisconsin Department of Justice investigation into the shooting by Officer Matt Kenny.

"My decision will not bring Tony Robinson, Jr. back. My decision will not end the racial disparities that exist in the justice system, in our justice system," Ozanne says. "My decision is not based on emotion, rather this decision is based on the facts as they have been investigated and reported to me."

Ozanne outlined the investigation as it unfolded, including witness interviews and Officer Kenny's statements. Before the shooting, three calls came in to the 911 center from concerned citizens in the area of the Williamson Street apartment where Robinson was shot, including calls from Robinson's friends who were concerned about their safety and the safety of Robinson.

The callers reported Robinson was 'going crazy' after taking drugs and was chasing people in traffic. They also reported Robinson punched someone and tried to choke someone in the street. 

Video from the scene showed Kenny arriving at the apartment on Williamson Street. The video shows Kenny was inside the home for about 20 seconds before he was seen backing out of the door again, appearing to almost lose his balance. He was seen firing one shot from outside the residence and Robinson's feet appear in the doorway almost instantly.

Officer Kenny reported hearing sounds of a disturbance coming from the upstairs apartment when he arrived on scene. He said when he got to the top of the stairs inside, Robinson rounded the corner, hit him with a closed fist on the left side of his head and knocked him into the wall. Kenny reported he was concerned his gun would be taken and used to shoot himself or other people in the building. Kenny reported he shot three rounds and then two or three more before calling for help on his radio and starting to render aid to Robinson.

Ozanne said Kenny ultimately fired seven shots that all hit Robinson from front to back at close range.

According to Ozanne, all these reports showed Kenny was justified in his use of deadly force in the shooting. 

Stay with 27 News and wkow.com for more details and reaction from people in Madison.


MADISON (WKOW) -- We've just learned the Dane County District Attorney's decision in the officer-involved shooting death of Tony Robinson.

DA Ismael Ozanne announcing this afternoon Officer Matt Kenny will not be charged for shooting and killing Robinson on March 6.

WATCH his announcement right now live on WKOW and wkow.com/live. Stay with WKOW for the latest on the decision and the reaction in Madison tonight on 27 News at 5 & 6.

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