One dead in Madison double stabbing; Suspect in custody

The suspect in a deadly Thursday night stabbing on Madison’s west side has been taken into custody.
Published: Jul. 31, 2020 at 2:48 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 31, 2020 at 3:14 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The suspect in a deadly Thursday night stabbing on Madison’s west side has been taken into custody.

According to the Madison Police Dept., Travis M. Christianson has been booked into the Dane Co. jail on a single count each of first-degree intentional homicide and attempted first-degree intentional homicide.

Investigators say Christianson was still on the scene when officers responded around 9 p.m. to the 3000 block of Dorchester Way on reports of a stabbing and found the two victims badly injured.

MPD’s report indicates Christianson came out of the home and advanced on an officer, ignoring repeated commands to get onto the ground. The officer said he retreated, giving himself some space and time to determine Christianson was no longer armed. Holstering his firearm, the officer instead drew his Taser and was able to bring down the suspect.

Investigators said one of the victims died at the scene, while the other was rushed to the hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries. Christianson had also been taken to the hospital for evaluation, police added.

The injured victim has been treated and released, MPD stated in an update.

MPD spokesperson Joel DeSpain added that the department does not plan on releasing any more information on the victims identity until the Dane Co. Medical Examiner’s Office completes its autopsy Saturday. At that point, he explained, it would be up to the Medical Examiner’s Office to release the homicide victim’s name and cause of death.

All three individuals knew each other prior to the stabbing, Madison police noted, adding that there is no ongoing threat to the community.

MPD’s Violent Crime Unit is leading the investigation.

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