Madison: No criminal liability for MPD officers involved in critical incident inside convenience store
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MADISON, Wis. ~ The Madison Police Department officers involved in a February shooting incident inside a Kwik Trip gas station have been cleared of criminal liability, according to District Attorney Ismael Ozanne.

On Feb. 24, MPD officers were near the Kwik Trip store located along the 3500 block of E. Washington Ave. when they spotted a person of interest in a recent homicide case. Officers attempted to confront the man -- Justin D. Kopmeyer -- outside of the store, but he pulled out a gun and ran inside the store. An officer deployed a Taser, but it was not effective. Another officer fired a single shot in the direction of Kopmeyer.

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Kopmeyer entered a nearby bathroom and two gunshots were heard coming from the bathroom. He was found dead inside.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation took over the investigation into the shooting because an officer was involved and after reviewing reports, surveillance video and other documents related to this case, District Attorney Ozanne announced that no criminal liability would be assigned to any officers involved in the incident on Wednesday afternoon.

Madison Police Chief Shon Barnes commented on the decision saying "Our officers responded to a very challenging and dynamic situation that day." The department will now begin an internal review for compliance with department policy and procedure while additional details about the incident can be found in District Attorney Ozanne's attached release under the Attachments section.

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