Police department: Officer was justified 
in Madison shooting


 

December 3, 2016

MADISON - The Madison Police Department says one of its officers was justified in using deadly force when he shot and killed a man who advanced toward him with a pitchfork.

Officer Hector Rivera shot Michael Schumacher in July after Schumacher broke into a house and began breaking things. Police said Rivera entered the house and shot Schumacher as he approached him brandishing the pitchfork. Prosecutors declined in October to file charges.

In a memo Friday, the department said its internal review found that Rivera was in compliance with polices on the use of force. However, he neglected to wear his microphone for the video system in his car. He was given verbal counseling for the violation.

Schumacher had a history of mental illness but police at the scene didn't know that.