Published on March 7, 2015

Tony Robinson, a 19-year old teen was shot by police on Friday night in Madison, Wisconsin. As details continue to emerge, here are some of the basic facts from the media and family members.

By Tom Cleary, Heavy

A 19-year-old was shot and killed by police in Madison, Wisconsin Friday night “following an altercation,” the Wisconsin State Journal reports.

The teen has been identified by community members on social media as Tony Robinson. Police say that it doesn’t appear he had a gun.

Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said at a news conference that an officer responded to 911 calls reporting a “subject” who was “jumping in and out of traffic, dodging cars and the like.” that had been responsible for a battery. Koval said the first responding officer was called to an apartment where the subject had gone. When the officer got to the apartment, he said he heard what sounded like a disturbance inside and forced entry.

Koval said once the officer went inside the apartment, the victim “assaulted my officer and in the context of mutual combat, the officer did draw his revolver and subsequently shot the subject.”

The officer began to give Robinson CPR and was joined in aiding him by backup officers, Koval told reporters. Robinson was taken to a local hospital, where he died.


Michael Johnson, president of the local Boys & Girls Club, said on Facebook that Robinson had recently graduated from high school and was set to attend a technical school. Johnson, who spoke with the family, said Robinson graduated from Sun Prarie High School and was headed to the Madison Area Technical College, where he wanted to get a business degree.

“He was loving and caring young man according to his grandmother,” Johnson said in the Facebook post.

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