A teenager died as a result of suicide on Sunday, police said, and a Madison police officer is on leave after firing a shot in the basement of a house on the southeast side, where the victim pointed his own gun at himself.
Police said they were called to an address in Block 4500 Secret Garden Drive at 1:47 pm because the man had threatened to kill the woman and then himself. Chief Sean Barnes was unsure about the relationship between them, but said it was the woman who called the police. He believed the suicide victim was about 18 years old.
Police said the cops tried to de-escalate the situation in less than an hour, but Barnes said that at one point the 18-year-old entered the basement of the house accompanied by at least two police officers, one of whom fired a shot. but didn’t hit anyone. Barnes said the 18-year-old had shot himself.
Sergeant. Matthew Baker said the suicide occurred at 2:25 pm. The officers immediately began rescue efforts, but the man died from a self-inflicted injury, Baker said.
“They did the best they could,” Baker said. “It was a fatal shot.”
Since the incident involved an officer firing a gun, the Criminal Investigations Division of the State Department of Justice is investigating the incident. On Sunday night, Barnes was unable to provide additional information on what prompted the officer to shoot, including whether the victim pointed his gun at the officers. The officer, who has served in the force for about three years, has been sent on paid leave, Barnes said.