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Madison Officer Cleared in Shooting Death

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Madison's police chief says one of his officers acted reasonably when he shot and killed a musician who tried to grab his gun in a scuffle.

Chief Noble Wray told reporters Wednesday that Officer Stephen Heimsness will return to patrol duty after an internal investigation exonerated him.

Investigators say 30-year-old Paul Heenan was drunk when he entered the home of a neighbor couple early on Nov. 9. The officer arrived to find Heenan and one of the residents in a scuffle, pulled his gun and ordered them down.

Wray says Heenan disobeyed and grabbed at the officer's gun. He says the officer believed he was in imminent danger of being disarmed, so he opened fire.

Heimsness shot Heenan three times.

The Heenan family has said the shooting was unjustified.


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