Two in custody following homicide on Madison’s west side

Tree Ln homicide
Published: Mar. 31, 2023 at 5:03 AM CDT|Updated: Mar. 31, 2023 at 11:28 AM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – One man is accused of first-degree intentional homicide after the Madison Police Department reveal the victim in a Thursday morning shooting had died at the scene, according to an MPD update.

The arrest was announced Friday morning in a statement where MPD also stated a second person was taken into custody on a firearms-related count as part of the investigation. During a news conference on Friday, Chief Shon Barnes said they were both located within three hours.

According to MPD’s latest statement, Charles Washington-White was booked into the Dane Co. jail on the homicide count as well as for allegedly being a felon in possession of a firearm. The police department indicated Washington-White and the other suspect, who is also accused of being a felon in possession of a firearm as well as aiding a felon, were arrested with the assistance of the Sun Prairie Police Department and the Dane Co. Sheriff’s Office, the report continued.

MPD’s Violent Crime Unit has taken over the homicide investigation.

The Madison Police Department investigates a shooting on Tree Lane, on March 30, 2023.
The Madison Police Department investigates a shooting on Tree Lane, on March 30, 2023.(WMTV-TV/Mackenzie Davis)

The police department had previously reported that officers found the victim around 11 a.m. when they responded to the Tree Lane Apartments, in the 7900 block of Tree Lane. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

His name has not been released as of Friday morning. Barnes noted the victim is around 39 years old.

During a Thursday afternoon news conference, Madison Police Chief Shon Barnes noted the neighborhood where the shooting occurred, pointing out that there was a playground around 100 feet from the scene and that it happened during spring break, in broad daylight.

He added the police department has been working hard to get illegal guns off the street to prevent such crimes.

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