Coroner: 19-year-old man killed by cop shot in head, torso

13 Mar

Coroner: 19-year-old man killed by cop shot in head, torso

Posted: Mar 13, 2015 1:56 PM EDTUpdated: Mar 13, 2015 2:48 PM EDT

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Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A 19-year-old biracial man who was unarmed when killed by a white Madison police officer was shot in his head, right arm and torso, according to preliminary autopsy reports released Friday.

The report from the Dane County Medical Examiner did not say how many times Tony Robinson was shot on March 6, but it he died from “firearm related trauma.” The results of toxicology tests aren’t expected for several more weeks.

Robinson was fatally shot by police officer Matt Kenny after Kenny was summoned to a call that the young man was jumping in and out of traffic and had assaulted someone. Authorities said the officer heard a disturbance and forced his way into an apartment where Robinson had gone, and fired after Robinson assaulted him.

There have been numerous peaceful protests since the shooting, often drawing about 1,000 people, and a memorial with flowers and written messages has been set up at the scene of the shooting. Robinson’s funeral is scheduled for Saturday.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice is investigating the shooting under a state law that requires an outside agency to look into any fatal police shootings. Attorney General Brad Schimel has declined to go into any details about the shooting, saying releasing information in bits has caused turmoil in other racially charged officer-involved shootings around the nation over the last year.

But Schimel has said he hopes to have the bulk of that investigation done and submitted to the local district attorney in two weeks.

Division Administrator Dave Matthews asked people to be patient, stressing that the investigation is massive. Authorities have said they’re looking at what every witness was doing in the hours leading up the shooting.

Kenny wasn’t wearing a body camera, but agents are examining video recordings from squad cars that arrived after the shooting and from devices people were carrying, he said. Matthews called the time it will take to review all the recordings “daunting.”


Associated Press writer Kia Farhang contributed to this report.

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