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Dane County Chiefs of Police Statement and MPD Notable Calls 03/26/2020 to 03/27/2020

March 27, 2020 9:23 AM

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Please see the linked release from UWPD Chief Roman on behalf of the Dane County Chiefs of Police Association:


I am in full support of this message.  The Madison community is doing a great job of following the State's "Safer at Home" order; please continue to do so.  This benefits all of us, and allows our MPD officers to focus on visibility and presence in our City. 

The information provided below about some of the calls officers responded to 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 03/26/2020 through 6:00 a.m. on 03/27/2020, MPD received 337 calls for service.  This number does not include parking complaints or 911 misdials.  A breakdown of the calls for service per district is as follows: Central (51), East (68), Midtown (42), North (41), South (41), West (61), and Other (33).  "Other" is used for calls that either do not have a sector or the sector is not in the City.  This would be used in the case of one of our officers assisting another law enforcement agency.

WEST: Check Person – 5:48 am.  A subject's roommate reported the subject (30-year-old male) was suicidal.  Subject was conveyed to a local hospital.  Journey Mental Health was consulted.

SOUTH: Disturbance – 6:38 am.  The suspect (18-year-old male) became belligerent after being dispatched from the hospital and created a disturbance inside and outside the hospital.  The suspect was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and trespass.

EAST: Substantial Battery – 7:37 am.  A victim reported an unknown male suspect approached him behind Target on Lien Rd and began arguing with him.  The suspect punched the victim until the victim lost consciousness.  The victim sustained a broken nose, broken orbitals and a minor brain bleed.  Police continue to search for the suspect.

WEST: Mental Health Conveyance – 10:34 am.  The husband of a subject (40-year-old female) reported his wife was experiencing a mental health crisis.  The subject was transported to a local hospital for an evaluation and treatment.

CENTRAL: Mental Health Conveyance – 11:38 am.  Officers made contact with a subject (33-year-old female) who was suicidal.  Journey Mental Health was consulted and the subject was transported to the hospital where she was voluntarily admitted.

NORTH: Residential Burglary – 1:31 pm.  A homeowner reported someone forced entry to his home while he was away from the residence for an extended period.  No suspect information at this time.

WEST: Information – 2:42 pm.  A caller reported a business was still operating which the caller considered non-essential.  Officers made contact with the manager, who closed the business.

CITY-WIDE: Information – 4:10 pm.  A subject (44-year-old male) refused to leave the premises after he was discharged from the hospital.  Officers learned the subject had threatened a family member at his residence in Fitchburg the previous evening.  MPD worked with Journey Mental Health and Fitchburg PD and it was determined Fitchburg PD would take over the investigation and possible emergency detention.

MIDTOWN: Domestic Disturbance – 6:28 pm.  The suspect (30-year-old male) created a disturbance at his residence during an argument with the victim (girlfriend).  A 72 hour no contact order had been put in place after a domestic disturbance the previous day between the suspect and victim.  Officers responded and arrested the suspect who was charged with violating the no contact provision, as well as domestic disorderly conduct.

EAST: Domestic Disturbance – 11:43 pm.  The suspect (34-year-old male) and victim were arguing when the suspect strangled the victim and threatened to kill her.  The suspect hit himself in the head with the TV remote and broke the remote.  The suspect was arrested and charged with strangulation, battery, disorderly conduct, all domestic related, as well as damage to property.

WEST: Runaway Juvenile – 12:35 am.  A mother reported her 13-year-old son had run away.  An ATL was aired and the juvenile was listed as missing.

EAST: Weapons Offense Person w/ Gun – 12:35 am.  A customer at the Kwik Trip at 4402 E Buckeye Rd reported a subject was standing at the side of the store with a gun.  Officers made contact with the subject and determined no crime was committed as the weapon was not loaded and the subject did not threaten anyone.  The subject was in legal possession of the firearm.

Posted by: Chief Wahl

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