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MPD Notable Calls 03/30/2020 to 03/31/2020

March 31, 2020 8:21 AM


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 03/30/2020 through 6:00 a.m. on 03/31/2020, MPD received 348 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 (55), East (70), Midtown (48), North (53), South (27), West (52), and Other (43).  "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.  



CENTRAL: Intoxicated Driver – 7:49 a.m.  Officers responded to the area of State St/Lake St for a possible intoxicated driver.  The driver/suspect (73-year-old male) was contacted and found to be impaired.  The suspect refused to cooperate with field sobriety tests and spit at officers.   The suspect was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence.  The suspect was conveyed to jail. 

MIDTOWN: Assist EMS/MFD – 9:01 a.m.  Officers responded, along with EMS/MFD, to a fire in a dryer and smoke coming from the roof.  Residence evacuated.  No reported injuries. 

MIDTOWN: Assist EMS/MFD – 11:38 a.m.  Officers responded, along with EMS/MFD, to a fire at a residence.  No injuries reported.  Extensive damage to residence.  Fire started in the kitchen. 

CENTRAL: Check Person – 11:45 a.m.    MPD Mental Health Officer and Journey Mental Health consulted regarding a subject who has generated numerous calls for police service in a few days and may have undiagnosed mental health concerns.  An emergency detention was explored and supported.  The subject was contacted and conveyed to a local hospital for a medical clearance.  Transport to Winnebago pending.   

NORTH: Death Investigation – 12:16 p.m.  Officers responded to a deceased subject (25-year-old male).  Evidence of drug use observed.  The decedent has a history of drug use.  Nothing suspicious identified.  Medical Examiner's office responded.

EAST: Non-Residential Burglary – 4:22 p.m.  Officers responded to the US Cellular store on East Springs Drive for a report of a broken window.  Merchandise of significant value was found to be missing/stolen.  Investigation continuing. 

EAST: Check Area – 6:48 p.m.  Officers responded to the area of N. Fair Oaks for multiple reports of shots fired.  No evidence of shots fired located.  No reported injuries or property damage. 

EAST: Armed Robbery – 9:03 p.m.  Officers responded to the Citgo convenience store on Milwaukee St for a report of an armed robbery.  A store clerk was struck in the face with a shotgun.  Two suspects fled with cash.  Investigation continuing. 

MIDTOWN: Drug Incident/Overdose – 10:56 p.m.  Officers responded to a subject/suspect (29-yaer-old female) experiencing a drug overdose.  Naloxone was administered, which revived the suspect.  The suspect admitted to using heroin.  The suspect was cited for possession of heroin and referred to the Madison Addiction Recovery Initiative (MARI). 




WEST: Check Person – 12:47 a.m.  Officers responded to a residence for a report of a possible suicidal subject armed with a gun.  The subject/suspect (32-year-old male) was contacted and found to be unarmed.  A handgun was however located near the suspect.  Probable cause was developed and the suspect was arrested/charged with domestic disorderly conduct.  The handgun was taken as evidence.    

Posted by: Chief Wahl

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