Madison officers cleared in fatal shooting of armed suspect

UPDATE (WKOW) -- Three Madison police officers have been cleared in the October fatal shooting of an armed suspect.

The Dane County District Attorney's Office says after reviewing the investigation by Wisconsin Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation, the officers face no criminal court liability for the shooting of Dean G. Thomas on October 27.

DCI release its reports Monday afternoon, including police body camera footage and audio files containing 911 calls. The DCI reports confirm Thomas himself called 911 to report "a guy shooting a gun" outside his apartment on Raymond Road. The audio from that call shows Thomas hung up on the 911 operator several times as she tried to get a description of the shooter from him.

Officers who went to the apartment on Raymond Road to investigate the reports of shots fired were met with Thomas, who was carrying a handgun, according to the DCI report.

The report states law enforcement backed up and told Thomas several times to "Drop the gun!"

DCI says Thomas ignored officers and continued to "walk aggressively" toward the officers. He was then seen pointing the gun at officers, then firing his weapon. Three officers returned fire, killing Thomas.

“In this incident the officers were faced with a subject who was armed with a handgun, and who was not responding to commands while advancing upon them before firing in the officers’ direction,” said Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne. “Responding to that threat with deadly force is permitted under the law.”

Thomas, identified by court records as 63-years-old at the time of his death,worked in the UnityPoint Health-Meriter engineering department and had no criminal record.

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