Wisconsin officer charged with shooting unarmed man

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A prosecutor charged a Wisconsin Department of Justice agent Thursday with reckless endangerment for shooting an unarmed man during a traffic stop in Madison last winter.

Justice Department Criminal Investigation Division Special Agent Mark Wagner is charged with reckless endangerment with the use of a dangerous weapon, according to court records.

The charge stems from the Feb. 3 shooting of Quadren Wilson, who survived. Wilson is black and Wagner is white, and Wilson’s family has said they believe race was a factor in the officer’s opening fire. The incident occurred just over a year and a half after Jacob Blake, who is black, was shot by a white police officer during a domestic disturbance in Kenosha in August 2020. That shooting sparked several nights of protests that turned violent at times. .

Wagner would face up to 10 1/2 years in prison if convicted. His attorney, listed in online court records as Michael Steinle, did not immediately respond to a phone message seeking comment.

“The Wilson family (is) happy,” said the family’s attorney, Stephen Eisenberg. “It seems that at least justice is being served. They want someone to be held accountable for this shooting. They are a black family that has witnessed what happens in this country. How black men have been treated by law enforcement for years,” he added.

Wilson, 38, was released on extended supervision in February 2020 after serving a little more than a year in prison for second-degree reckless endangerment. The state Department of Corrections issued a warrant for Wilson’s arrest the morning he was shot for violating the conditions of his release. He was wanted for allegedly selling fentanyl to a man who was found dead of an overdose in a Blooming Grove restaurant bathroom in April 2021.

Source: Associated Press

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