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Incident Report for Case #2017-362842

Incident Type

Weapons Violation

Incident Date

10/08/2017 - 1:44 PM


500 N Frances St


Ellis J. Slaughter, age 31, Madison
MPD will be asking the District Attorney to charge the suspect with second degree recklessly endangering safety.


(Second Update)

The MPD will be asking the District Attorney to charge Ellis J. Slaughter, age 31, Madison, with second degree recklessly endangering safety.

(First Update)

Witnesses tell the MPD two men were creating a disturbance early Sunday morning while waiting in line to buy food from a cart: Leia's Lunchbox which was set up in the 500 block of N. Frances St. An employee of the business – a 31-year-old Madison man - came out and tried to settle them down.  However, the situation escalated with the two men now fighting with the employee. The employee next retrieved a sub compact assault-style rifle and pointed it at one of the men. The gunmen then ran off in the direction of Langdon St. Police are still trying to determine whether his weapon was real or a facsimile as it has not yet been recovered.


Following the gun violence, an 18-year-old Madison man, who had also been in the cart's food line, was punched in the face by one of the men who had created the initial disturbance.  Officers found and arrested the battery suspect – a 29-year-old Madison man.


The suspect with the gun was taken into custody later in the day. For now he is being held on unrelated charges as the investigation continues.


Anyone who witnessed the violence is encouraged to contact Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 266-6014. The MPD's Violent Crime Unit is also seeking video of the incident.


Last updated 10/13/2017 at 11:00 AM by PIO Joel Despain


On 10/8/17, at approximately 1:44 am, officers were dispatched to the 500 block of North Frances St for a weapons offense. Officers determined that there had been a disturbance outside of a food cart. They learned that after a physical altercation, an involved party brandished a long gun and threatened another involved party with the gun. There were injuries from the physical altercation, but no shots were fired.

Detectives have been investigating the incident throughout the day. This evening, the person of interest, who was armed with the gun, was arrested by MPD and is in the Dane County Jail on a probation hold. At this time the suspect's name is not being released. This investigation is ongoing.

Released 10/08/2017 at 9:52 PM by Lt. Kelly Donahue

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