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MPD Daily Significant Calls 09/19/2018 to 09/20/2018

September 20, 2018 10:14 AM

Yesterday was a tough day for our community and law enforcement.  The alert tones over our radios blared and reports of an active shooter in our neighboring community of Middleton came through.  Yesterday, today and the days ahead we are thinking of the victims and everyone impacted by this horrific act.  I am proud of all the officers, first responders, 911 communication staff and federal authorities that assisted in resolving and investigating the incident. 

This case serves as a timely reminder that there are many local law enforcement agencies who offer training on CRASE (civilian response to active shooter events).  Fundamentally, the basic precepts are "avoid/deny/defend" and constituents are provided a framework of understanding which illustrates the numerous ways to mitigate and survive an active shooter.  Last year alone, our Department conducted training for 52 organizations and over 3,200 individuals participated! 

If you are interested in receiving this training please see our website for more information:



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 6:00 a.m. on 09/19/2018 through 6:00 a.m. on 09/20/2018, MPD received 434 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 434 calls for service for the past 24-hours this is how the calls came in per district: Central (75), East (78), Midtown (72), North (76), South (33), West (63), and Other (37).  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 only calls from 10:29am-7:51pm due to mutual aid assistance provided to Middleton PD. **MPD cleared from the area/scene at 1:30am. 

1) WEST: Death Investigation – 6:46 a.m.  Officers responded to a west side residence for a deceased subject (47-year-old WM).  The decedent suffered from numerous health concerns.  Nothing suspicious observed on scene.  Medical Examiner's office notified.  Investigation continuing.    

2) EAST: Weapons Offense – 3:57 p.m.  Officers were dispatched to the area of Pflaum/Monona Dr for a report of a subject shot in the leg on a Madison Metro Bus.  A 17-year-old AAM victim sustained a gunshot wound to his leg and was transported to a local hospital with a non-life threatening injury.  The suspect (16-year-old AAM) was identified and known to the victim.  The suspect was showing off a firearm to the victim when it went off.  The suspect fled the area (suspect was taken into custody today).  During the course of the investigation, a second victim (16-year-old AAM) was identified.  The second victim sustained a minor graze wound to his arm and fled prior to police arrival.  Incident Report on MPD's website completed.  Investigation continuing. 

3) EAST: Disturbance – 5:51 p.m.  Officers responded to the 4700 block of Cottage Grove Rd for a report of people fighting and "pulling out guns."  Officers arrived and did not locate any active disturbance.  The witness reported seeing juveniles fighting and she believed she saw something in one of their hands, but unknown what it was.  No involved subjects were located.  A gun is not confirmed to have been involved.  Investigation continuing. 

4) SOUTH: Stolen Auto – 7:47 p.m.  Officers responded to the 1600 block of S. Park St for a report of a stolen auto (delay in reporting as the victim could not establish a timeframe for when the vehicle was stolen).  Attempt to locate aired.  The vehicle was listed as stolen in the appropriate databases.  Investigation continuing.   

5) MIDTOWN: Armed Robbery – 8:30 p.m.   Officers responded to the Subway in the 6600 block of Mineral Point Rd for a report of an armed robbery.  The suspect (AAM) displayed a gun and fled with cash.  Store employees reported that the suspect fired a shot but officers did not locate any evidence of this.  K9 track conducted.  Media notified.  Investigation continuing.       

6) NORTH: Weapons Offense – 9:15 p.m.  Officers responded to the 1900 block of Northport Drive for a report of a group of juveniles fighting.  A witness reported that a suspect (AAM), drove into the parking lot where the fight was occurring, exited his vehicle and displayed a handgun.  Media notified.  Investigation continuing. 

7) CENTRAL: Information – 11:19 p.m.  Dispatch received multiple calls reporting a subject was openly carrying holstered firearms in the State Street area.  Officers were able to monitor the situation which ended without incident.  No threat to the public was identified.  Incident Report on MPD's website completed.  No further action deemed necessary by the police.      

8) NORTH: Domestic Disturbance – 11:44 p.m.  Officers responded to the 4700 block of Hayes Rd for a disturbance involving a knife.  The victim (43-year-old WM) reports that the suspect (49-year-old AAM) approached him with a knife and started an argument.  No injuries were reported.  All parties were intoxicated.  The suspect was arrested for disorderly conduct while armed.   

Posted by: Chief Koval

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