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Troubled Madison cop resigns after complaint filed for fatal shooting

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A Madison police officer has agreed to stop patrolling for good, in exchange for having a complaint dropped against him for shooting a musician to death.

Steven Heimsness has agreed to resign as of November 23rd, and Madison Police Chief Noble Wray agreed to withdraw allegations filed last month with the city’s Police and Fire Commission.

Reports said Heimsness shot 30-year-old Paul Heenan to death last November after Heenan mistakenly entered a neighbor’s house while drunk – and the officer later tried breaking up a scuffle between the two.

The Wisconsin Professional Police Association said Heimsness has suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder since the shooting. Union director Jim Palmer said the officer’s mental health is his main concern.

He was on administrative leave until Sunday, and was put on sick leave Monday. Heimsness will remain on sick leave until his duty disability application is approved or on November 23rd – whichever comes first. 

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