Black Teen Tony Robinson Shot Dead by Cop in Madison, Wisconsin
A 19-year-old black man was shot dead Friday during a confrontation with a police officer in Madison, Wisconsin, according to police.
A family spokesman confirmed to NBC affiliate WMTV that the deceased was 19-year-old Tony Robinson, a graduate of Sun Prairie High School.
The shooting took place Friday evening, according to police, and sparked protests, including a sit-in at Madison City Hall.
Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said an officer responded to reports of a man walking in traffic and hitting pedestrians, WMTV reported.
Koval said the officer followed the man to a residence, where he attacked the officer. During the confrontation, the officer drew his weapon and shot the suspect.
The officer performed CPR on the suspect, who was taken to a hospital but later died. Koval said the state Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation will lead a probe into the shooting.
More than 100 protesters gathered at the scene of the shooting, according to witnesses and reports, with video showing the crowd chanting: “Who can you trust? Not the police.”
Robinson’s family said police have not allowed them to see his body.
“They won’t let us come near him,” Sharon Irwin, Robinson’s grandmother, told a crowd who had gathered Friday night after the altercation. “I just want to hold him and tell him it’s OK. Go home to God. They told me he was evidence.”
Family spokesman Michael Johnson said on Facebook that Johnson was a “loving and caring young man” who was about to attend the Milwaukee Area Technical College to pursue a business degree.
Police are expected to release more details about the incident Saturday morning.