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Madison officers cleared in fatal shooting of armed man


MADISON (WKOW) -- The Madison Police Department released the findings of their review of an October shooting in which officers shot and killed an armed man.

In a letter released Friday, Acting Chief Vic Wahl said the Professional Standards & Internal Affairs section conducted a review of the shooting.

"That review is complete, and all involved employees were found to have acted in compliance with the department’s Use of Deadly Force and De-escalation standard operating procedures," Wahl said.

The review found three minor equipment violations. One officer did not have his wireless microphone appropriately synced with the in-car video system in his vehicle, and two others did not have the "appropriate" number of bullets in their rifle magazines.

The Madison Police Department put Sgt. Ryan Gibson and officers Sonny Martinez and Justin Nelson on paid administrative leave following the alleged Oct. 27 exchange of gunfire, according to a DOJ statement.

An ongoing investigation determined the three officers responded to a shots fired report in the 6500 block of Raymond Road. 63-year-old Dean G. Thomas allegedly approached the officers and fired a gun at them.

Gibbson, Martines and Nelson then returned fire, according to the DOJ. Thomas was hit.

Authorities at the scene tried to save Thomas’ life before he was taken to UW Health University Hospital. Thomas later died.

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