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UPDATE: Chief Wray files complaint against Officer Heimsness


MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison Police Chief Noble Wray says he wants Officer Stephen Heimsness fired, for repeatedly violating department conduct before a deadly officer-involved shooting in November.

In a statement, Wray writes that he is seeking separation of service between MPD and Officer Heimsness. 

In November, Heimsness shot and killed unarmed Paul Heenan, 31, while responding to a burglary call. His actions that night were cleared by police investigators and the district attorney's office, but in the following months the department has looked into three prior incidents involved the 15-year veteran.

"Nothing contained within the filing changes my conclusions regarding the officer involved shooting that resulted in the death of Paul Heenan," Wray said in a statement. "The use of force was objectively reasonable and within MPD policy. The complaint before the PFC pertains to matters separate from the officer involved shooting."

Wray says he does not plan to comment further on this complaint.

The Wisconsin State Journal obtained a copy of the 58-page complaint, where Officer Heimsness is reported to have sent a number of inappropriate messages through his squad car laptop.

On October 5th, Heimsness is reported to have said "I'm going to kill somebody. Dispatch, coworkers, who ever."

On Saturday, 27 News reached out to Heenan's former roommates, Nathan and Amelia Royko Maurer who despite Wray's decision to ask for Heimsness to be removed from the force, say it's not enough. 

The Royko Maurers say they're unhappy the police leadership has separated Heimsness' actions before Heenan's death from his actions the day of the shooting, saying they want more accountability.

"If if it takes 7 months of constant pressure, constant holding of feet to the fire, to get somebody this unfit off the force, how are we supposed to trust that MPD management is looking out for anyone else," says Nathan Royko Maurer.

They say they're disappointed Wray is standing behind Heimsness' actions on November 9th.

Dan Frei, president of Madison Professional Police Officers Association, didn't respond to 27 News' attempts to contact him on Saturday, but told the State Journal Heimsness' actions do no constitute grounds for removal.

Scott Herrick, attorney for the PFC, says he's expecting to serve Heimsness with the complaint by early next week and an initial hearing will be scheduled within 30 days. If the PFC's decision after an evidentiary hearing finds any form of discipline for Heimsness, an appeal is possible, which would go to a Dane County Circuit Court judge.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison Police Chief Noble Wray files a complaint asking for Officer Stephen Heimsness to be fired from the Madison Police Department.

According to the Madison Police Department, Chief Wray sent an email to his department saying, "I filed a complaint before the Police and Fire Commission seeking separation of service between the Madison Police Department and Officer Steven Heimsness."

Chief Wray says, "I appreciate the patience of officers and the community with the internal investigative process. I do want the community to know that nothing contained within the filing changes my conclusions regarding the officer involved shooting that resulted in the death of Paul Heenan."

The Madison Police Department would not say what sparked Chief Wray to file this complaint.

Heenan was shot and killed by Officer Heimsness in November 2012 outside a home on Baldwin Street. An internal investigation found use of force was reasonable in the Heenan shooting. The internal investigation cleared Heimsness of any wrong-doing.

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