D.A. clears officers, deputies in Middleton workplace shooters death

The officers who responded to a workplace shooting Sept. 19 in Middleton were justified in using deadly force, Dane County D.A. Ismael Ozanne said Monday.

Two Middleton police officers and two Dane County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded, and engaged Anthony Tong, an employee at WTS Paradigm, who had opened fire on his coworkers.

The four officers engaged Tong, Ozanne said, and there is evidence that Tong returned fired.

Tong was hit by one bullet, which proved to be fatal. Investigators don’t know which officer hit Tong.

The law enforcement officers were identified earlier as Deputy David Lambrecht, Deputy Matthew Earll, Officer Richard O’Connor and Officer Tyler Loether.

Ozanne said Tong was legally unable to purchase a firearm after being prohibited years earlier by a South Dakota judge for mental health reasons.

However the weapon Tong used was made with spare parts from a kit, which are unregulated, according to Ozanne.

He urged lawmakers to close loopholes that allow people like Tong to purchase parts.

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MADISON (WKOW) — Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne has announced his decision regarding the investigation into how Middleton Police Department officers responded during the workplace shooting September 19, 2018.

Officers responded to WTS Paradigm after authorities say an employee in the building stood up from his desk and started shooting. Officers shot and killed Anthony Tong after they say he walked into his office and started shooting coworkers.

Tong seriously injured three people, and a bullet grazed a fourth person.

Ozanne announced late Friday afternoon he plans to release the results of his investigation into the responding officers’ actions on Monday at 3:00 p.m.


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