Madison Police Chief Mike Koval defending Officer Matt Kenny following officer-involved shooting

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MADISON (AP) — Madison Police Chief Mike Koval is defending the Madison police officer who shot and killed 19-year-old Tony Robinson, urging people not to leap to conclusions about the incident.

Tony Robinson

Tony Robinson

Officer Matt Kenny shot Tony Robinson in an apartment house on Williamson Street in Madison on March 6th.

The state Justice Department expects to complete an investigation within the next two weeks.

The incident began when authorities got a call that a male was yelling and jumping in front of cars, Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said.

A little later, the dispatcher says, “Apparently Tony hit one of his friends. No weapons seen.”Dispatchers identified him as Tony Robinson, according to 911 audio obtained by WKOW.

About four minutes later, the dispatcher says, “I got another call for the same suspect at [the same address]. He tried to strangle another patron.”

About 30 seconds later, an unidentified officer says, “Shots fired, shots fired.”

When Officer Matt Kenny went to the apartment, he heard some commotion and forced his way in, Koval said.

“Once inside the home the subject involved in this incident — the same one allegedly out in traffic and that had battered someone — assaulted my officer,” Koval said.

Koval says Robinson attacked Officer Kenny.

After that, according to the chief, “The officer did draw his revolver and subsequently shot the subject.”

Robinson had a criminal history. Wisconsin Circuit Court documents indicate Robinson pleaded guilty in December to an armed robbery that occurred last April.

This officer-involved shooting was Wisconsin’s sixth since January 5th, and the state’s third fatal incident. It made Madison the latest epicenter of protests. Last week, two demonstrations were held near the Capitol — one in support of Tony Robinson, and one on support of Matt Kenny.

Koval wrote in his blog Monday, March 16th that he’s outraged over people judging Kenny without any facts. He says he’s known Kenny for more than 12 years, notes Kenny has a college degree and had what he called a robust career as a U.S. Coast Guard medic.

He wrote that Kenny has received 45 commendations as a Madison officer.

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3 comments

  • Mr. Bob

    Koval wrote in his blog Monday, March 16th that he’s outraged over people judging Kenny without any facts. He says he’s known Kenny for more than 12 years, notes Kenny has a college degree and had what he called a robust career as a U.S. Coast Guard medic. He wrote that Kenny has received 45 commendations as a Madison officer.
    Oh my, now the spineless, jellyfish, cowardly weasel chief koval is outraged over people judging Officer Kenny?? The way you came out initially and threw him under the bus as you tried to be so politically correct in an ill-fated attempt to appease the family and protestors. Now you are outraged??? Your logic escapes me. What difference does having a college degree and being a U.S. Coast Guard Medic have to do with whether or not Officer Kenny was justified in using deadly force in this situation? The day of the shooting is when you should have come out and stated that Officer Kenny has always exercised good judgement in responding to these type of calls throughout his 12 year career with the Madison Police Department it would have shown support for Officer Kenny. To come out now and make a statement that does not even speak to his ability as an officer is a waste of time. You have lost all credibility with your department and the public and need to resign your position now.

  • Richard Symonowicz

    Wisconsin seem`s like many other States with the same problem with Police Killing`s,,A Police Chief who Don`t want to say more about this killing`s and a Cop who think`s no one in Wisconsin is going to remember what he did ? So he is either Stupid or Crazy to want to be a Cop still in Wisconsin or he`s looking for a Purple Heart award to go with the rest of his commendation `s ???

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