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Madison's Police and Fire Commission won't drop complaint against officer

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Madison’s Police and Fire Commission has refused to drop a complaint filed against officer Stephen Heimsness, who shot a musician to death last November.

Heimsness agreed last month to stop patrolling and resign this fall, in exchange for having a complaint dropped that was filed by Police Chief Noble Wray.

The new complaint was filed by roommates of 30-year-old Paul Heenan. He mistakenly entered a neighbor’s house while he was drunk last November – and the officer shot Heenan during a scuffle while Heenan allegedly tried to reach for the officer’s weapon.

The new complaint said Heimsness used poor judgment and violated the Madison Police policy on using excessive force.

The officer tried dropping the complaint on several grounds, but the Police and Fire panel approved none of those requests. Both sides will now prepare for a formal hearing. 

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