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Wisconsin Officer Fatally Shoots Man Advancing on Him with Pitchfork

July 01, 2016  | 

A Madison, WI, police officer fatally shot a man Thursday night after the man emerged from Lake Monona, broke into a residence on the city’s Near East Side and was “aggressing” toward the officer with what appeared to be a pitch fork, Police Chief Mike Koval said.

A department news release early Friday morning stated that the officer “used deadly force tonight to stop a burglary suspect who was advancing on the officer while armed with a pitchfork. The suspect had ignored orders to drop the weapon after breaking into a home,” the Wisconsin State Journal reports.

Koval said a neighbor called 911 around 9 p.m. to report that a man was about chest-deep in the water and acting oddly, seemingly talking to himself and slapping the water.

The man then reportedly threw a rock into the window of the residence, Koval said.

The homeowners also called 911 and fled the residence after they heard the man smashing items, he said.

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kevcopAz @ 7/2/2016 9:01 AM

a weapon is a weapon, a foolish suspect is a foolish suspect and brings weapons to a fight that leave them at a disadvantage, but thats good for us. This guy was either crazy or high, or both. Actions have consequences so you did well officer, go home to your family and sleep well knowing that you did the right thing.

OK then @ 7/2/2016 9:27 AM

I think a lot of times they are banking on the cop hesitating. Either that or the sense of self preservation has become a thing of the past.

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