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MPD Daily Significant Calls 05/18/2018 to 05/19/2018

May 19, 2018 11:59 AM

The information contained in my blog is derived from notes provided by MPD Officers-In-Charge (OIC) at the end of their shifts.  Most narratives represent early and preliminary information that was gathered by an OIC from those in the field who were actively working cases.  The OIC is sharing what they were being told, in the moment.  In many instances, facts and circumstances, even the type of crime listed, can change as officers, detectives and investigators continue their work.

From 5:00 a.m. on 05/18/2018 through 5:00 a.m. on 05/19/2018, MPD received 541 calls for service.  This number does not include parking complaints or 911 misdials.  For purposes of clarification, the following abbreviations are short-hand for race designations: W=White, AA=African American, NA=Native American, H=Hispanic, ME=Middle Eastern, A=Asian, MR=Mixed Race, U=Unknown.  MPD shifts are staggered as follows: 1st detail=7 a.m. to 3 p.m., 2nd detail=12 p.m. to 8 p.m., 3rd detail=3 p.m. to 11 p.m., 4th detail=8 p.m. to 4 a.m., 5th detail=11 p.m. to 7 a.m.

To further break down the 541 calls for service for the past 24-hours this is how the calls came in per district: Central (96), East (118), Midtown (73), North (75), South (50), West (74), and Other (55).  Other=these are calls for service that either do not have a sector listed or the sector is not in the City.  For example, if one of our officers assists another law enforcement agency, their sector is not listed in our districts so therefore it is listed under "other." 

**Priority calls for service from 5:08 p.m. to 8:10 p.m. due to search for suicidal male in the West District and overall high calls for service. 

1) EAST: Theft from Auto – 9:37 a.m.  Officers responded to Collins Court for a report of a stolen firearm from a vehicle.  The firearm was listed as stolen in the appropriate databases.  Investigation continuing.     

2) WEST: Check Person – 11:46 a.m.  Officers responded to the 1100 block of Gammon Lane to check the welfare of a subject (23-year-old AAM) who was reportedly in possession of a knife and threatening to harm someone.  The subject has had recent contact with officers and there were concerns about his mental health.  The subject was contacted, taken into protective custody and conveyed to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation.  Investigation continuing. 

3) CENTRAL: Adult Arrested Persons – 12:24 p.m.  Officers responded to a park on E. Mifflin Street regarding two subjects engaged in sexual acts.  The subjects (52-year-old AAM and 40-year-old WF) were contacted and arrested for public fornication.       

4) WEST: Drug Incident/Overdose – 12:51 p.m.  Officers responded to a convenience store on S. Gammon Road regarding a subject (35-year-old WM) passed out on the floor.  The incident appears to be a drug overdose.  The subject was conveyed to a local hospital.  Officers issued a misdemeanor citation for possession of heroin. The subject is not MARI eligible because he is on active probation for drug-related charges. Investigation continuing.    

5)  EAST: Conveyance Mental Health - 1:05 p.m.  Officers responded to North Thompson Drive to check on a 14-year-old WM who admitted to overdosing in an attempt to kill himself.  Officers conveyed the subject to a local hospital where he was voluntarily admitted.  Officers completed emergency detention paperwork should his voluntary status change. 

6) CENTRAL: Death Investigation – 2:27 p.m.  Officers responded to a report of an obvious death in the 300 block of East Washington Avenue.  The deceased was a 59-year-old WM.  The deceased had numerous health conditions.  Medical examiner's office personnel responded.  Investigation continuing. 

7) EAST: Weapons Offense – 2:31 p.m.  Officers responded to Vernon Avenue for a report of a disagreement regarding a wristwatch between a 21-year-old AAM suspect and a 36-year-old AAM victim.  A gun was displayed during the disturbance.  Investigation continuing.

8) MIDTOWN: Check Property – 4:15 p.m.  Suspicious activity was reported by an 8-year-old WF student, who immediately reported the information to adults.  Investigation continuing. 

9) WEST: Conveyance Mental Health – 4:40 p.m.  Officers responded to the University Avenue/Craig Avenue area for a report of a suicidal 59-year-old WM threatening to stab himself with a knife.  Officers checked his last known address, pinged his phone, conducted a K9 track, and finally located the subject.  He was transported to a local hospital where he was voluntarily admitted. 

10) CENTRAL: Adult Arrested Person – 8:56 p.m.  Officers were called to the 700 block of East Washington Avenue for a 33-year-old WM running in traffic.  As officers arrived in the area, a second, uninvolved 28-year-old WM suspect began to interfere and created a disturbance.  The second suspect was ultimately arrested for resisting, battery to a police officer and damage to property, and transported to jail.  The original male subject that officers were called to deal with was cooperative and subsequently transported to a local hospital for mental health concerns.   Investigation continuing. 

11) EAST: Battery/Substantial – 9:39 p.m.  Officers were called to Blazing Star Drive for a physical altercation occurring at a soccer match.  Upon arrival, the subjects were separated and it was learned that a 28-year-old HM suspect struck a 24-year-old WM victim in the face causing a laceration that will require stitches along with a possible broken nose.  The victim was treated at a local hospital.  The suspect was cooperative and taken to jail on charges of substantial battery.  Investigation continuing. 

12) MIDTOWN: Disturbance – 10:42 p.m.  Officers were dispatched to Britta Drive for a report of a disturbance going on in a stolen vehicle that also involved a gun.  Contact was made with all parties and after investigation a 24-year-old AAM was arrested for recklessly endangering safety.  

13) WEST: Weapons Offense Shots Fired – 11:45 p.m.  A Madison Police sergeant was near the West Police District when he heard approximately 8 shots fired northeast of his location.  A caller in the Bettys Lane area also called and estimated the shots were near the 6500 block of Jacobs Way.  Officers responded to the area.  No property damage or injuries were reported at this time.  Investigation continuing. 

14) SOUTH: Check Property – 11:53 p.m.  Officers responded to the Waunona Woods Court area, the site of a recent attempted homicide incident, for multiple callers who were reporting a large number of shots fired.  One caller indicated they saw a large amount of fireworks lit off in the area.  Responding officers did not find anyone on scene but did locate remnants of a large amount of fireworks.  No problems were located and residents in the area were contacted with this information. 

Posted by: Chief Koval

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