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MPD Daily Significant Calls 05/23/2019 to 05/24/2019

May 24, 2019 9:47 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 6:00 a.m. on 5/23/2019 through 6:00 a. m. on 5/24/2019, MPD received 551 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 551 calls for service for the past 24-hours, this is how the calls came in per district: Central (85), East (105), Midtown (76), North (108), South (63), West (82), and Other (32).  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 4:20 p.m. - 10:51 p.m. and also from 12:34 a.m. - 3:18 a.m. due to call volume.

1) MIDTOWN: Traffic Crash with Injuries – 8:11 a.m.         Officers responded to University Ave at Camus Ln after numerous witnesses reported a vehicle veered off the roadway, hitting buildings and trees along the way before rolling over. The driver (19-year-old WF) was removed from the car by MFD with only minor injuries.  The crash appears to be the result of a medical event. Investigation continuing.

2) WEST: Death Investigation – 12:30 p.m.            Officers were dispatched to Pilgrim Rd after a subject (71-year-old MW) was found deceased by his wife. All indications point to his death being medical in nature. Investigation continuing.

3) EAST: OMVWI Arrest/Intoxicated Driver – 3:30 p.m.                   Officers responded after several citizens called 911 after witnessing a truck strike four parked vehicles in the Town of Blooming Grove. The vehicle subsequently left the scene and was then observed by an MPD officer in the City of Madison at the Walgreens located at E Washington Ave and Johnson St. After spotting the heavily damaged truck, the officer then attempted a traffic stop. The driver/suspect (62-year-old AAM) fled the scene in his truck before hitting yet another parked vehicle. The suspect resisted arrest but was eventually taken into custody. Charges included: OMVWI (7th offense), Eluding, Hit and Run, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana, Reckless Driving and Operating After Revocation. Investigation continuing.  

4) SOUTH: Check Person/Protective Custody – 3:45 p.m.            Officers were dispatched to the Culver's located at the W Beltline Hwy at Todd Dr for a subject (27-year-old UF) having a psychotic episode in a parked vehicle.  Officers subsequently took the subject into protective custody without incident and transported her to a local hospital for an evaluation. Upon arrival at the hospital, the subject became combative and spit in the mouth of an officer when hospital staff were attempting to restrain the subject. Investigation continuing.

5) EAST: Death Investigation – 3:53 p.m.                Officers responded to the 4700 block of Lien Rd after a social worker found one of her clients (57-year-old WM) deceased. Nothing appears suspicious at this time. Investigation continuing.

6) NORTH: Drug Incident/Overdose – 5:12 p.m.                  Officers responded to a residence on the north side after a woman found her mother (50-year-old WF) in the middle of a suicide attempt; ingesting pain medication along with alcohol. MFD conveyed the subject to a local hospital. Journey Mental Health is plugged in for assistance. Investigation continuing.

7) WEST: Check Person – 9:31 p.m.          Officers were dispatched to an assisted living residence on McKenna Blvd after receiving information that a resident (36-year-old AAM) was armed with a hammer.  The subject gave up the hammer when officers arrived on scene.   Investigation revealed the subject was not attempting to use the hammer as a weapon, but rather to break through a door. Staff at the home and the subject were able to come to a peaceful solution to prevent further problems. 

8) NORTH: Arson – 9:41 p.m.                Officers responded with MFD to a residence on the north side for a report of an arson. A victim (67-year-old WM) reportedly walked into his residence and two male suspects subsequently forced their way into the victim's apartment.  The victim told responding officers that he was able to run away from the suspects and locked himself in a bathroom.  A short time later, the victim began smelling smoke.  The victim escaped through a bathroom window, assisted by MFD.  Madison Fire Department Investigators and Madison Police Detectives are investigating the incident. The residence sustained fire and smoke damage. The Red Cross is attending to the displaced residents. (Incident report completed on MPD's website.)

9) WEST: Threats Complaint – 11:26 p.m.              MPD was contacted by MMSD regarding threats that an 18-year-old WM student made about shooting up a school. The threat was not directed towards any particular group of students, was generic in nature, and it was determined that the student did not have access to any weapons that could carry out such a threat. The student's parent was contacted and also responded to the school to meet with officers. Officers counseled the student and a safety plan was put in place in conjunction with feedback from MMSD. Investigation continuing.

Posted by: Chief Koval

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