Madison Residents Question Police Investigation

Sunday, 13 January 2013 |
Rally outside City Hall

Photo: John Peck

Early one morning last November, after bar time, Paul Heenan was shot to death by a Madison police officer near his house in the usually quiet Willy Street neighborhood where he lived. He was drunk, and he entered his neighbor’s house instead of his own with a key that had been left in the door. The neighbors called the police, and then, upon recognizing their neighbor, tried to walk him home. The police arrived, and Officer Steven Heimsness tried to subdue Heenan, but instead shot him three times in the chest. The officer said Heenan had reached for his gun as he staggered toward him.


Concerned Madison residents held a rally downtown on Saturday after a Madison Police Department investigation cleared the officer involved. WORT’s Molly Stentz has there and has the story.


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