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Capitol police officer fired after shooting incident at Governor's mansion


UNDATED (WSAU)    Newly-released records show that a former State Capitol police officer was fired soon after shooting her handgun inside the Governor’s Mansion last October. And the Wisconsin State Journal said the shooting may not have been an accident, as it was first claimed to be.

Photos obtained by the Madison newspaper showed that a bullet went right through the eye of a decorative ghost that was displayed for Halloween in the mansion’s security office. But officials said it was never determined why the shot was fired. The bullet went through the decoration before it pierced a window and its metal blinds. According to the report, officer Kimberly Tesch told other responding officers that somebody outside the mansion fired the shot. She was fired after the shooting was investigated.

In a letter to Tesch, Capitol Police Chief David Erwin said she was “untruthful” and tried to mislead her department. Just a few days before the incident, Tesch had an initial 12-month probationary period extended, so she could complete firearms training.

Governor Scott Walker and family members were not at the mansion at the time, and nobody was hurt.