Police chief: Veteran officer shot unarmed 19-year-old

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Madison Police investigate the scene of a shooting on Williamson Street, late Friday, March 6, 2015 in Madison, Wis. A 19-year-old black man died Friday night after being shot by an officer in Madison, authorities said. The man was shot after an altercation with the officer and died at a hospital, Police Chief Mike Koval said. He did not know if the man was armed, but said the "initial findings at the scene did not reflect a gun or anything of that nature that would have been used by the subject. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, Steve Apps)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Madison’s police chief says the 19-year-old man who was shot and killed by an officer was unarmed.

Chief Mike Koval also said Saturday that the officer who shot Tony Robinson was previously involved in a shooting but was cleared of any wrongdoing because it was a “suicide by cop-type” situation.

Koval identified the officer as 45-year-old Matt Kenny and said he has more than 12 years of experience. The previous officer-involved shooting was in 2007.

Kenny is on administrative leave pending the results of the investigation by the state’s Division of Criminal Investigation and the Dane County District Attorney’s decision on whether to press charges.

Police say Kenny shot Robinson on Friday night after Robinson assaulted the officer. Koval said it wasn’t clear whether Robinson was alone.

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