Officers Cleared In Madison, Wisconsin Case After Investigation
In a case that sparked immediate protests and claims from the family of the suspect that the suspect’s death was the fault of the police, an investigation has cleared officers that responded to a pursuit that ended in a crash and the eventual suicide of Elliott Johnson on August 17th, 2020.
The investigation in Dane county concluded after just under a month of work that Elliot Johnson Killed himself with a single 9mm shot to the head from a handgun he retrieved from the vehicle after an ineffective Taser deployment by an unidentified officer.
The unnamed officer was attempting to conduct a traffic stop on Johnson who was allegedly driving at speeds exceeding 80 MPH. A pursuit was initiated when Johnson refused to stop for police, ending when Johnson crashed into a utility pole.
Johnson was ordered out of the car and was initially compliant, but was tased after he attempted to re-enter the vehicle, which after an unsuccessful deployment of the taser by the officer, he succeeded in doing, taking his own life seconds later.
The DA’s report in part stated “It is clear that the officer was not using deadly force and the injuries which caused Mr. Johnson’s death could only have been caused by Mr. Johnson.”
The family of Johnson expressed doubts about the fact that he had killed himself, inferring that it must have had something to do with police prior to the release of the report, expressing frustration that instant answers were not available in the case.
The case, in which investigators took less than a month to investigate fully concluded that Johnson’s injury was self inflicted and body camera footage also showed that officers acted appropriately and played no part in the death of Johnson according to the DA’s report tendered in the investigation.