Madison Police chief discusses fatal shooting

CREATED Feb 17, 2013

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MADSION - Madison Police Chief Noble Wray says he plans no changes to his department's training or use-of-force policy following the fatal shooting of a man during a burglary call.
 
But, Wray tells the Wisconsin State Journal he will pursue changes to his department's internal review process, including greater scrutiny of officers who've had multiple complaints alleging excessive force, even if they're unsustained.
 
Stephen Heimsness was cleared in the Nov. 9 shooting of Paul Heenan.
 
Heimsness remains on paid leave pending the outcome of internal investigations into earlier incidents. The officer says he believed his life was in danger when he shot Heenan, after Heenan reached toward the officer's gun.
 
It turned out Heenan was not a burglar but had been drinking before he mistakenly entered a neighbor's house.