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UPDATE: Sheriff says taser, pepper spray failed to subdue shooting victim

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Dep. Roger Finch (L) & Lt. Brian Hayes (R) Dep. Roger Finch (L) & Lt. Brian Hayes (R)
Deputy James Kelley Deputy James Kelley

UPDATE (MADISON) -- Dane County Sheriff David Mahoney says deputies used a taser, pepper spray, and were prepared to use less-lethal bean bag rounds, before a deputy was forced to fire a single, fatal gunshot at a Town of Primrose man Thursday.

Mahoney says the man was wearing a bullet proof vest at the time of the confrontation with the deputies, with a single bullet penetrating him near his shoulder.

The Dane County medical examiner has yet to identify the fatal victim. Mahoney says the man has a diagnosis of schizophrenia, and has been the subject of a number of contacts with law enforcement in the past.

Mahoney says after responding to a domestic disturbance call at a home at 233 Hanna Road in the Town of Primrose, deputies discovered a husband and wife had been beaten. Mahoney says deputies attempted to make contact with a man inside, who was the woman's son, but were unsuccessful.

Mahoney says deputies entered the home, and they used stairs to get a basement area, the man attacked the deputies, stabbing Lieutenant Brian Hayes and Deputy Ronald Finch, and taking away a weapon with bean bag rounds from one of the officers.

Mahoney says a taser strike, pepper spray and a baton were used by the deputies, but the man continued to fight them, until a deputy fatally shot him.

Mahoney identifies the deputy who fired the gunshot as Deputy Jim Kelley.

Mahoney says detectives from the Madison and Sun Prairie Police departments will lead the investigation into the officer involved shooting. A new state law requires that personnel from outside the involved law enforcement agency lead any investigation.

Mahoney says the deputies responded to the situation consistent with their training.

Authorities say Finch has been released from UW Hospital. Officials say Hayes' injuries required surgery, and he remains a patient. Authorities say both deputies were stabbed in their legs.

Officials say the injured mother and son also remain hospitalized at UW.

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney held a news conference Friday afternoon regarding the Town of Primrose shooting and stabbing that left four injured, including two deputies, and one person dead.

Mahoney says a recycling operator called 911 after seeing the owners of the home severely beaten.

Lt. Brian Hayes and deputy Roger Finch both suffered stab wounds to their lower legs.  Only then, was deadly force used by deputy Jim Kelley.  Prior to discharging his weapon, which struck the suspect in the upper right shoulder, deputies had tried to use a beanbag gun and a taser. 

Lt. Hayes remains hospitalized after undergoing surgery Thursday.  Deputy Finch was released late Friday morning.  The suspect's mother and step-father also remain hospitalized, however, their conditions are unknown at this time.

Sheriff Mahoney states they have had a long history with the suspect, who suffers from a mental illness.  Leading the investigation will be detectives from the City of Madison and the City of Sun Prairie.


MADISON (WKOW) -- All four people hurt in a domestic incident on Thursday in Dane County are still in the hospital.

A UW Hospital media representative tells 27 News both Lt. Brian Hayes and Deputy Roger Finch are in good condition. Authorities say the two were both stabbed in the lower legs Thursday while responding to a domestic incident.

An older woman and man were also hurt during the incident. Authorities were responding to a town of Primrose home after a caller report discovering an elderly woman had been severely beaten. Deputies also found her husband with a significant head injury.

Those two victims are also at UW Hospital, their conditions unknown at this time.

Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney said Thursday the man who stabbed the deputies was shot and killed in the home. That man is a family member of the injured couple.

A team of investigators from other local law enforcement agencies is investigating the incident.

Stay with 27 News and wkow.com for the latest on this investigation.

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