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UPDATE: Madison Police identify officers involved in MacArthur Rd. shooting

 
Posted May 21st, 2014 @ 2:56pm by 1310 WIBA Newsroom/ NBC 15

UPDATED Wednesday, May 21, 2014 ---

Madison Police have identified the officers involved in the MacArthur Rd. shooting.

The officers are:

·Officer Justin Bailey, joined the MPD in May, 2009
·Officer Gary Pihlaja, joined the MPD in May, 2008

The officers responded to a domestic disturbance call early Sunday morning in the 1100 block of MacArthur Road.

Police say 26-year-old Ashley DiPiazza presented a threat to the officers. She was shot and died at the scene.

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UPDATED Monday, May 19, 2014 ---

The Dane Co. Medical Examiner has identified the Madison woman killed in an officer-involved shooting as 26-year-old Ashley DiPiazza.

Officers responded to a domestic disturbance call early Sunday morning in the 1100 block of MacArthur Road.

Police say the woman presented a threat to the officers, and she was shot.

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UPDATED Sunday, May 18, 2014 --

A 26-year-old woman is dead after officers responded to a domestic disturbance call shortly after 1:20 a.m. early Sunday morning, according to a MPD news release.

It happened on the 1100-block of MacArthur road.

The woman's boyfriend called 9-1-1 and reported he ran away from the apartment after his girlfriend armed herself with a weapon.

The weapon was a semi-automatic handgun, according to Madison Police Chief Mike Koval.

"We did make contact with the woman, there were extended verbal discussions held, but at one point she presented a threat to the officers," Koval explained.

"Our officers did in fact engage the woman, and shot her," he added.

Neighbors tell NBC15 it's an incident that's unusual in the neighborhood, which they described as calm and quiet.

Koval reiterated the dangerousness and complexity of domestic disturbance calls.

"There are so many infinite variables when you go to a domestic disturbance," he said, adding that "there are very serious calls" that always "necessitate at least two officers if not more".

The state's Department of Criminal Investigation is taking over the investigation of the shooting, as required by law.

"We are only providing supplemental resources, they are being directed and commanded by DCI," Koval said.

MPD is not yet releasing the name of the victim or the names of the officers involved.

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Posted: Sunday, May 18, 2014 ---

Police were called to a domestic disturbance in the 1100 block of MacArthur Road just after 1:20 a.m.

A man told a 9-1-1 communicator that he had fled an apartment after his girlfriend armed herself with a handgun. Police contacted the woman and she displayed a handgun. The woman failed to comply with verbal commands. Two officers fired their service weapons.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. She was 26 years old, and the Dane County Medical Examiner will release her name after all family members are notified.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation is leading the investigation into the officer involved shooting. The involved officers will be placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

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