Suspect in Madison night club shooting says he acted in self defense

Cole Foster
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV)--- An attorney for the Madison man arrested in connection with a shooting that injured four people inside a Madison night club said he acted in self-defense.

35-year-old Cole Foster appeared in a Dane County courtroom on Thursday afternoon. The court entered a not guilty plea for the disorderly conduct charge which is a misdemeanor. No plea was entered for the felony charge. The judge reduced to his bail to $100,000.

Officers were called to Visions Night Club on E. Washington Avenue around 1:45 a.m. on Sunday in regards to a large fight in progress.

Joel Desapin, a spokesperson with the Madison Police Department, said Foster was a patron at the nightclub, and he is believed to have fired the gun inside the nightclub that left four people injured.

According to a criminal complaint, a fight broke out between two men inside the club. Foster was stabbed, and he fired four rapid shots from the gun. He initially shot at the man who stabbed him.

An employee at the night club told an officer that the man was bleeding from a gunshot wound.

The complaint states that Fisher arrived at the emergency room of a local hospital with stab wounds around 2:00 a.m.

Despain said detectives arrested another man in connection to the shooting on Wednesday evening. 29-year-old Spencer Jackson IV of Madison was arrested for disorderly conduct while armed. Detectives believe Jackson brought a gun to the nightclub, but he didn’t fire the weapon.

Foster has been charged with first degree recklessly endangering safety and disorderly conduct.

Foster will appear in court again on Dec. 19.


Spencer Jackson IV