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Paul Heenan

In November 2012, Paul Heenan, a Madison native who had recently moved back to the city, returned home intoxicated after a night out and mistakenly entered a neighbor’s house two doors away. The neighbor, Kevin O’Malley, recognized Heenan and tried to walk him home, but Heenan resisted and the two began fighting. O’Malley’s wife called 911. 

Heimsness arrived on the scene with his gun drawn, ordering the two men to “get down.”

O’Malley stepped aside, but Heenan reportedly advanced toward Heimsness. The two engaged in a brief physical struggle and separated before Heimsness fired three shots into Heenan’s torso, killing him at the scene. 

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Dylan Brogan

Madison Police took the life of a man acting strangely in an east-side neighborhood last week. For neighbors and public officials, police killings are becoming a disturbing “new normal.” more

Jul 1, 2016 6:45 PM News 12 Comments

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Photo courtesy Scott Beardsley

In what’s believed to be the largest settlement in state history for a fatal police shooting, Madison and its insurance company have agreed to pay $2.3 million to the family of Paul Heenan, who was killed by a Madison police officer in 2012. more

Aug 11, 2015 7:15 PM News

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Carolyn Fath

The shooting death of Tony Robinson has drawn references to another police shooting, in 2012. In that incident, Paulie Heenan, a 30-year-old white musician, was fatally shot. more

Mar 12, 2015 1:00 PM News

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Ben Siegel

Nathan and Amelia Royko Maurer have, by their own admission, hounded the Madison Police Department in the 11 months since Officer Stephen Heimsness shot and killed their friend and roommate Paul Heenan on Nov. 9, 2012. Yet at a public input session o more

Oct 15, 2013 7:23 PM News

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Courtesty of the Heenan family

Madison attorney Jeff Scott Olson will file a federal lawsuit today against the city of Madison and others over the death of Paul Heenan, the musician who was shot and killed by Madison police officer Stephen Heimsness during an altercation in Novemb more

Aug 29, 2013 5:51 PM News

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Bennet Goldstein

Amelia Royko Maurer remains hopeful that the Madison Police and Fire Commission will move forward with her complaint against MPD officer Stephen Heimsness, who shot and killed her friend and roommate Paul Heenan in November 2012. "I think we have sta more

Aug 10, 2013 10:43 PM News

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Elliot Hughes

A panel of 11 law enforcement officials, police experts, mental health professionals and others met with about 40 concerned community members at the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center Tuesday night to discuss strategies to rebuild trust in the wake of Paul more

Jul 17, 2013 4:36 PM News

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Bill Lueders

Amelia Royko Maurer wants to know what's so special about 15 seconds. The 15 seconds in question are the ones when Madison Police officer Stephen Heimsness shot and killed her friend Paul Heenan outside her home on Nov. 9. Heimsness was exonerated in more

Jun 25, 2013 11:37 PM News

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Nathan Royko Maurer

If you've been following the controversy over the death of Paul Heenan, chances are you've heard of Amelia and Nathan Royko Maurer. Heenan was living with the married couple when he was shot and killed by Madison Police Officer Stephen Heimsness on N more

May 16, 2013 2:00 PM News

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Madison Police Department

About 44 hours after fatally shooting Paul Heenan, Madison Police officer Stephen Heimsness broke down in tears as he recounted the events that transpired Nov. 9 on South Baldwin Street to investigators, according to recently released police reports. more

Mar 4, 2013 12:28 PM News

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Madison Police Department

The Madison Police Department released its full investigative file Friday on the Nov. 9 officer-involved shooting that left Paul Heenan dead on South Baldwin Street. The file contains what the police department says are all records regarding the deat more

Mar 1, 2013 5:23 PM News

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Elliot Hughes

Mayor Paul Soglin said Tuesday he would not offer his thoughts on anything regarding the Nov. 9 officer-involved shooting of Paul Heenan until the three ongoing investigations of Madison police officer Stephen Heimsness are completed. Soglin called f more

Feb 20, 2013 12:55 AM News

A former Madison police captain says she is confident that Officer Stephen Heimsness, who shot and killed Paul Heenan during a burglary-in-progress call Nov. 9, did not comply with the standards that were in place when she served as captain of person more

Feb 5, 2013 5:08 PM News

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Jason Joyce

The officer who shot and killed Paul Heenan Nov. 9 on South Baldwin Street is now being investigated for three earlier incidents, Madison Police Chief Noble Wray announced at a news conference Friday. Wray called the preliminary information regarding more

Feb 2, 2013 12:28 AM News

Former Madison Police Captain Cheri Maples says the exoneration of the officer involved in the shooting death of musician Paul Heenan shows the need for a change in police protocols. "Since the police department chose to exonerate him, then I think w more

Feb 1, 2013 7:47 PM News

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Elliot Hughes

The controversial fatal shooting by a Madison police officer got a public airing Tuesday night when law enforcement officials met with concerned community members over the Nov. 9 incident that left local musician Paul Heenan dead. Despite repeated ca more

Jan 30, 2013 2:51 PM News

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Elliot Hughes

Up to 200 people gathered outside Madison's City-County Building Saturday to protest the findings of a police department internal investigation that cleared an officer in the shooting death of local musician Paul Heenan. "It is with great remorse and more

Jan 13, 2013 12:22 AM News

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Carolyn Fath

While acknowledging that the Paul Heenan shooting has shaken some residents' trust in their police force, Madison Police Capt. Carl Gloede says he wants to keep an open dialogue. He also notes that his district is "blessed to have few of these critic more

Jan 11, 2013 10:37 PM News

The officer was struggling with a drunk man on a dark street who seemed to be trying to disarm him. If the officer had the luxury that we have of knowing all the details after the fact, he might not have reacted with deadly force. But none of us can more

Jan 11, 2013 5:35 PM Citizen Dave

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Nick Berard

A Madison Police Department internal investigation has determined that Officer Steven Heimsness did not violate any department policies or procedures when he shot east-side resident Paul Heenan to death in an early morning confrontation on Nov. 9. Du more

Jan 9, 2013 11:04 PM News