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Man killed by police Friday had history of mental health issues


MADISON (WKOW) -- Dane County authorities say the Madison man shot and killed by police on May 17 had a history of mental illness and had been fired from his job earlier this year.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports Dane County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Elise Schaffer says 43-year-old Brent Brozek was taken to mental health facilities in 2004 and 2008 as part of court-ordered commitments.

Dane County deputies asked Madison Police on Friday, May 17, to help them evict Brozek from his condominium on Rockefeller Lane following foreclosure.

Madison Police surrounded the home for much of the day, urging Brozek to come out.

MPD spokesman Joel DeSpain says Brozek ultimately came outside later that evening and rushed at officers with a large sword. DeSpain says a nonlethal beanbag round did not stop Brozek, before multiple officers opened fire and killed him.

The State Journal reports Brozek's former boss says the man was fired from his cab driving job in January for alluding to executing a female passenger.

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