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Madison cop won't be disciplined in fatal November shooting

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Madison’s police chief said Wednesday afternoon that an officer will not be disciplined for shooting and killing a musician during a scuffle two months ago.

Chief Noble Wray said officer Stephen Heimsness will go back on patrol, after an internal investigation found that he did not violate police policies on deadly force. The state Justice Department reviewed the Madison Police findings, and Wray said the officer’s actions fell within the state’s law enforcement training curriculum.

The Dane County district attorney also reviewed the matter, and said no criminal charges would be filed.

Relatives have said that 30-year-old Paul Heenan mistakenly entered neighbor Kevin and Megan O’Malley’s house in the early morning hours of November 9th. It woke up the couple, and one of them called 911.

Heimsness said he saw Heenan and Kevin O’Malley in a scuffle when he arrived – and when he told them to settle down, Heenan approached the officer, and tried to grab his gun. That was when Heimsness pushed back and shot Heenan three times. 

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