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MADISON (WITI) -- Protests erupted in Wisconsin's capital overnight after a police officer fatally shot an unarmed man whom authorities said attacked him.

19-year-old Anthony Robinson was shot and killed after police say there was an altercation between him and officer Matt Kenny Friday evening, March 6th.

Officer Matt Kenny

Officer Matt Kenny

Madison police say the officer was called to the home following reports of a man walking in traffic and hitting pedestrians.

Authorities say officer Matt Kenny followed Robinson to a nearby home. Police say there was an altercation.

Tony Robinson

Tony Robinson

During the fight, the officer shot and killed Robinson.

"I want to be very transparent.  He was unarmed and that's going to make this all the more complicated for the investigators, for the public to accept, to understand and to wait patiently for what  other circumstances, if any were there that were attended to this scene, such that deadly force had to be used," said Chief Koval.

Shortly after the shooting, Robinson's mother spoke to the media, saying her son was not violent.

"My son has never been a violent person, never. And to die in such a violent, violent way is, it baffles me. To turn around and have him die of the same things he was so fearful of, it's not, it's not fair. It's not right," said Andrea Irwin, Tony Robinson's mom.

Robinson's family says they want the public to be aware, but not violent. Madison's police chief echoes calls for calm.

"Folks are angry, resent, mistrustful, disappointed, shocked, chagrined and any other adjectives you care to use surrounding the circumstances of this tragic death," said Chief Koval.

Kenny has been placed on paid administrative leave.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigations and the Dane County District Attorney are reviewing the case.

Officer Kenny has more than 12 years experience with the Madison Police Department. He was involved in a previous fatal officer involved shooting in 2007.

The police chief described it as 'a suicide by cop' situation and he was cleared of any wrongdoing.


  • edward goldberg

    Why does the media always say “The unarmed black college bound youth was shot by the white cop”? Why don’t they say the white cop defended himself from a thug that attacked the cop for no reason and the cop had no alternative but to shoot.

  • Liz

    It’s called suicide by cop. White people do it too. They just dont immediately play the race card because society doesn’t pay them off.

  • Disgruntled

    Exactly Edward! Let’s stop trying to get everyone in an uproar by putting out “black teen” shot by… and be more truthful that “teen that broke the law” or “teen that attacked officer”!!! And is seems it’s ALWAYS “my poor baby boy never did nothing wrong” and you KNOW that’s not the truth either!!

  • Conservative Jim

    Maybe Channel 6 should stop deleting peoples comments, people take the time to read and then comment on Fox 6 web site, it’s totally disrespectful to delete ones comments all the time, it’s like if you don’t share the view of some over paid fox 6 employee, you are toast, sad media actions.

  • wow

    The 19 year old MAN..has a criminal record MOM..he IS violent…he is not An innocent teenager…another one sided mis representation of the actual facts = the truth of the matter…the officer did his job..and dud it right…thanks to all those who protect us and put their lives on the line each and everyday

  • A Hocking

    People should be angry. This anger should of course be directed at parents who don’t teach their children several things. One being respect for others, another is ‘do not attack people’. Another is ‘do not attack people who are armed with a firearm’. The reason for this is that said armed person will shoot you if you attack him or her. Not complicated at all.

  • dc

    Why is it if a cop shoots a black person it is wrong , but when they shoot each other there are no protests. Where are the protests for all the kids wrongfully shot by the degenerates of society. This is so out of hand. No one wants to admit that equality happened along time ago. Now everyone minus the black community is the minority. Maybe before you stand and say “black lives matter” you should look and see if really practice that on a daily basis. Until then realize that every time the cops are involved it doesn’t mean it is wrong. I do believe officers need to realize you can shoot someone in the leg and it will stop the problem of an unarmed assailant. However I am not in their shoes. In short blacks should stop killing each other. And maybe officers should have to be shot in their backside before becoming an officer. That way they will see being shot hurts. The same thing should be done to the degenerates.

  • H. Mueler

    I think you will find that he had probable cause to enter the residence. Police were called to the area about a violent man attacking cars and people in the street. They were called about a violent man attacking individuals in the residence, hitting and choking at least one of them. The violent man was reported to be in said residence. If that isn’t probable cause, there is no such thing.

  • Jay Jay

    Yet Another Case of a News Agency using an 8th grade good little boy Graduation pic; instead of the more recent Mug Shot of the Thug in order to create sympathy AND stir up trouble! Where are the Facebook pics or the comments from his Twitter account that prove this person was a criminal . In October, he pleaded guilty to armed robbery and was later sentenced to six months in jail, though a judge stayed the execution…and Robinson was placed on three years probation, which he began serving in late-December.

  • John

    Why is suicide by cop put in quotes? It’s not a made up term, it’s an actual phenomenom. But, then, hey, it’s Fox 6, so, why not just spin all ya can for the hug-a-thug crowd.


    Deleting comments is and understatement. If it doesn’t fit the narrative then it’s deleted. So the moderaters should take blame for denying peoples freedom of speech and feeding the lefist agenda to take down the country. Why don’t they actually think for themselves and be real journalist’s that report the news with no spin instead of hiding under their desks.

  • Dusty Harry

    Hey, Just don’t call the Police. Handle it yourself. When you can’t stop the disturbance yourself. You expect the officers to do it and then get mad because they did all they could to stop the problem. No one in their right mind, would fight with armed officers. I am Native American, and a retired Law Enforcement Officer. We DO have the right to protect ourselves, the public and the innocent. What ever it takes. Tasers nor O.C. spray, will not stop all humans in an altered state of mind. It does not have to be illicit drugs. People DO just snap. Consider what you would do if your life was at stake. Fight or flight, only 2 options there are. Officers don’t have those choices. And sadly they are blamed and degraded to below the pig pen floor. Till YOU need them.

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