MADISON, Wis. — An officer with the Wisconsin Department of Justice has been charged for his role in a shooting that injured 38-year-old Quadren Wilson on Madison’s far east side in early February, according to online court records.
Mark Wagner, a law enforcement officer with DOJ’s Division of Criminal Investigation, is now facing one count of second-degree recklessly endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon.
Wagner made his initial appearance in Dane County court Thursday morning; during the hearing, the court commissioner set his bond at $500, which Wagner would only have to pay if he misses a court date or violates the conditions of his release.
During the course of their investigation into the Feb. 3 incident, Dane County Sheriff’s Office officials determined that two DCI agents — Wagner and Nathan Peskie — fired their weapons during the incident. No charges had been filed against Peskie as of 9:30 a.m.
In response to the charges against Wagner, Attorney General Josh Kaul said his office will not comment on the facts of the case as it moves through the court system.
“DOJ will not be weighing in on the facts of this case as it moves through the judicial system in order to avoid having any possible impact on the outcome,” Kaul said in a media release. “DOJ is evaluating this matter internally and will continue to do so to the extent possible without interfering with the ongoing case.”
To date, officials have not said how many times the two DCI agents fired their weapons, but initial medical records shared by Wilson’s attorney indicated the 38-year-old suffered five wounds to his back during the incident. DCSO investigators have not confirmed how many times Wilson was shot.
In total, 21 law enforcement officers were involved in the incident, but authorities have not offered any clarity on why so many officers were involved in the attempted arrest.
A copy of a Department of Corrections apprehension request indicated that Wilson was wanted on a parole violation at the time, but it didn’t specify what the violation was. The apprehension request also indicated that Wilson had a history with firearms, but DCSO authorities have since determined Wilson was unarmed at the time of the incident.
Wilson was sentenced to three years in prison on an unrelated drug charge earlier this year. A criminal complaint filed in that case makes no mention of the Feb. 3 incident.
This is a developing story that will be updated.
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