Officers Shoot And Kill Suspect at Willy Street Gas Station

By: Zac Schultz
By: Zac Schultz

Madison: Just after 8 am Wednesday two officers responded to a disturbance call at the BP gas station on the 1100 block of Williamson Street.

The disturbance was inside the building. As officers made contact with the suspect a struggle ensued and one officer was assaulted with a knife.

Madison Police Chief Noble Wray described what happened next. "The suspect physically attacked the officers, stabbing one and biting the other officer. The officer used deadly force and shot the suspect."

The officers have been identified as Kirby Harless and Kip Kellogg. Both are veteran officers with 50 years experience between them.

Police say Kellogg was stabbed and taken to the hospital. "The officer's injuries do not appear to be life threatening. I did meet with the officer and the officer is doing fine," says Wray.

Officer Harless was bitten and did not need to be hospitalized.

A 4th person was also injured. The same officer who shot the suspect also shot a 33–year-old man in the leg. "Another individual in the area became an unintended victim and was injured by gun fire," says Wray.

Chief Wray says he is confident the shooting was justified.

Dane County District Attorney Brian Blanchard was on the scene and says it will take some time to determine if the shooting was justified. "It really depends on the case. We've had them where we had 911 tapes and other evidence that was quite clear and provides a lot of confidence, in other cases there's been a little more confusion in our ability to get to the bottom of it."

The Dane County Coroner's office is conducting an autopsy. John Stanley's office has not released the identity of the suspect who was killed.

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