Today's focused summary is on "shots fired" calls through April (2019).
By way of reviewing the criteria that is used for a recordable "shots fired" call, MPD's Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) enumerates the following:
Incidents involving possible shots fired will be treated as a confirmed shots fired incident if any of the following are present:
A. A confirmed person struck by a bullet or otherwise injured as a result of an intentional firearm discharge by another.
B. Recovery of shell casings or other physical evidence confirming the discharge of a firearm.
C. Property damage resulting from a bullet strike.
D. A single complainant reporting shots fired who is contacted and determined to be credible. This can include shots heard by an officer.
E. Multiple complainants reporting shots fired who are not available for contact, but the circumstances of the incident and reports demonstrate that a firearm was discharged.
F. A person struck by a bullet or otherwise injured as a result of an accidental firearm discharge (self or another).
G. A person injured from an intentional, self-inflicted firearm discharge.
CITYWIDE: There were 12 reported "shots fired" calls for service in the month of April.
WHEN: The highest volume of incidents occurred from 4pm-12am (8); from 12am-8am (3); and from 8am-4pm (1).
- North District (4)
- East District (3)
- West District (2)
- South District (1)
- Central (1)
- Midtown (1)
INJURIES REPORTED: An Uber driver was struck by shrapnel from a round that went into his vehicle. Over 30 casings were recovered during this incident. Investigation continuing. Year-to-date, we have 5 instances where subjects have reported injuries as a result of "shots fired."
PROPERTY DAMAGE REPORTED: 4 cases in the month of April; 13 cases year-to-date
CASINGS RECOVERED: 48 in the month of April; 87 year-to-date
There have been 36 "shots fired" calls for service through 4/30/19. Last year there were 65 "shots fired" recorded. The 36 incidents for 2019 (Year-to-date) reflects a 44.6% decrease from last year (2018) at this time.
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 5/07/2019 through 6:00 a. m. on 5/08/2019, MPD received 504 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 504 calls for service for the past 24-hours, this is how the calls came in per district: Central (93), East (102), Midtown (73), North (86), South (61), West (55), and Other (34). 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 only from 8:00 a.m. - 10:24 a.m. on 5/7 due to calls for service.
1) SOUTH: Residential Burglary – 7:37 a.m. Officers were dispatched to Potter St to investigate a residential burglary. During the investigation, a neighbor approached to report their security camera captured an image of the suspect. Investigation continuing.
2) SOUTH: Domestic Disturbance – 7:45 a.m. Officers were dispatched to the 2500 block of Greenway View for a report of a domestic disturbance. The suspect (25-year-old AAM) forced his way into the victim's (31-year-old AAF) apartment and proceeded to batter her. The victim's 13-year-old son (AAM) was also injured attempting to intervene. The suspect left prior to police arrival; however, an Attempt-to-Locate was aired and the suspect was located and arrested by Fitchburg PD for domestic-related charges of Substantial Battery, Felony Abuse of a Child, Disorderly Conduct, and Trespass. Investigation continuing.
3) South: Death Investigation/Possible Overdose – 10:22 a.m. Officers were dispatched to McDivitt Rd after apartment maintenance staff found the deceased (59-year-old MW) in his living room. Several medication bottles and drug paraphernalia were observed on scene. Investigation continuing.
4) CENTRAL: Information/Armed Robbery – 10:36 a.m. Officers responded to a local hospital to take a report of an armed robbery. The victim (24-year-old AAM) reported he was in Madison to sell a vehicle. The victim alleged that when the buyer took the title to the vehicle, the victim received a laceration across his fingers. The victim was transported to a hospital by MFD but refused treatment and subsequently left the hospital without providing police with additional details. Investigation continuing.
5) EAST: Traffic Crash – Private Property – 2:10 p.m. Officers were dispatched to a private property crash in the 4300 block of Cottage Grove Rd. A semi driver was attempting to negotiate the parking lot of the warehouse when the load of ice cream on the trailer shifted due causing the tractor/trailer to overturn. The driver was not impaired and reported no injuries. Investigation continuing.
6) EAST: Traffic Crash w/ Injuries – 3:21 p.m. Officers responded to the intersection of Cottage Grove Rd and Meadowlark Dr for a report of a traffic crash. The suspect (38-year-old WF) was operating her vehicle on the wrong side of the road and struck the victim's (53-year-old WF) vehicle. The victim received minor injuries and did not seek medical treatment. The suspect was transported to the hospital for treatment of her injuries. The suspect will be charged with 2nd offense OWI. Investigation continuing.
7) CENTRAL: Domestic Disturbance – 6:01 p.m. Officers responded to the intersection of W Washington Ave and N Bedford St for a report of a domestic disturbance. The suspect (42-year-old WM) and victim (40-year-old WF) got into an argument during which the suspect struck the victim. The suspect was arrested on a domestic-related charge of Battery. Investigation continuing.
8) CENTRAL: Disturbance – 6:10 p.m. Officers were dispatched to the 500 block of W Main St after numerous callers reported a disturbance between an AAF and an AAM. Both parties left the area before police arrival. Officers collected conflicting witness statements from those remaining on scene. An Attempt-to-Locate was aired. Investigation continuing.
9) EAST: Adult Arrested Person – 8:59 p.m. Officers responded to a residence on the east side on the request of DOC to arrest a suspect (21-year-old AAM) for a probation violation. The suspect was taken into custody without incident. Investigation continuing.
10) CENTRAL: Disturbance – 9:25 p.m. Officers were dispatched to 4 N Hancock St regarding a fight in progress in which the reporting party/victim (43-year-old AAM) stated the suspect (54-year-old AAM) had a gun. When officers arrived on scene, it was determined that there was no a gun or any kind of weapon involved, but the suspect did kick and punch yet another adult male/victim (49-year-old WM). The suspect was charged with Disorderly Conduct and taken to jail. Investigation continuing.
11) NORTH: Disturbance – 9:42 p.m. Officers responded to Petterle Pl for a report of a disturbance. The victim (27-year-old AAF) told police that the suspect (27-year-old AAM) called her and said that he was going to kill her. The area was checked and the suspect was not located. Probable cause was established for a charge of Unlawful Use of a Telephone. Investigation continuing.
12) WEST: Domestic Disturbance- 1:04 a.m. Officers responded to Balsam Rd for a report of a domestic disturbance where the suspect (33-year-old AAM) pushed the victim (25-year-old AAF) through the shower curtain and causing her to hit her head on the shower wall. When officers went to arrest the suspect, he resisted and tried to get away from the officers. The suspect was charged with Battery and Resisting and conveyed to jail. Investigation continuing.
13) MIDTOWN: Disturbance – 2:57 a.m. Officers were dispatched to the 2400 block of Allied Dr for a report of a disturbance. The suspect (45-year-old AAM) was screaming and throwing items in his apartment after a verbal altercation with his adult son (27-year-old AAM), who had left the scene prior to police arrival. Officers arrived and tried to communicate with the suspect who refused to open the door. Neighbors contacted were concerned about ongoing and escalating problems. Not knowing if there were other individuals inside who may be in jeopardy, officers made entry and detained the suspect. Probable cause was developed to charge the suspect with two counts of Disorderly Conduct. Investigation continuing.