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Dane County DA: Deputies justified in fatal shooting of domestic abuse suspect

Investigation graphic copyright Midwest Communications, Inc.
Investigation graphic copyright Midwest Communications, Inc.

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - No charges will be filed against Dane County sheriff's officers who killed a domestic abuse suspect on May 1st at a home in the town of Primrose.  

District Attorney Ismael Ozanne reviewed evidence gathered by outside investigators. He ruled Tuesday that the deputies acted appropriately when they shot and killed Dean Caccamo.  

Police said they were called to a home where Caccamo was brutally beating his mother and step-father. Officials said Caccamo pepper sprayed a deputy, and grabbed another officer's shotgun.  

An officer shot and wounded the deputy who fighting to keep his shotgun -- and Caccamo then stabbed an officer who was trying to handcuff him. Another deputy tried subduing the suspect with a Taser stun gun, but could not do so.  

Caccamo later died after being shot in one of his lungs.  

A new state law requires two outside agencies to look into deaths which involve officers. District Attorney Ozanne noted that Dane County deputies exceeded the law's requirements by having officers from four police departments look into it -- Madison, Fitchburg, Sun Prairie, and the UW-Madison police force.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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