Wisconsin Police Fatally Shoot Black Teen, Prompting Protest

Madison Police investigate the scene of a shooting on Williamson Street, late Friday, March 6, 2015 in Madison, Wis. A 19-year-old black man died Friday night after being shot by an officer in Madison, authorities said. The man was shot after an altercation with the officer and died at a hospital, Police Chief Mike Koval said. He did not know if the man was armed, but said the "initial findings at the scene did not reflect a gun or anything of that nature that would have been used by the subject. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, Steve Apps)
Madison Police investigate the scene of a shooting on Williamson Street, late Friday, March 6, 2015 in Madison, Wis.  A 19-year-old black man died Friday night after being shot by an officer in Madison, authorities said. The man was shot after an altercation with the officer and died at a hospital, Police Chief Mike Koval said. He did not know if the man was armed, but said the "initial findings at the scene did not reflect a gun or anything of that nature that would have been used by the subject.  (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, Steve Apps)
Madison Police investigate the scene of a shooting on Williamson Street, late Friday, March 6, 2015 in Madison, Wis. A 19-year-old black man died Friday night after being shot by an officer in Madison, authorities said. The man was shot after an altercation with the officer and died at a hospital, Police Chief Mike Koval said. He did not know if the man was armed, but said the “initial findings at the scene did not reflect a gun or anything of that nature that would have been used by the subject. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, Steve Apps)

 

(Reuters) – Wisconsin police fatally shot an apparently unarmed African-American teenager on Friday, prompting dozens of people to protest at the site of the killing, according to police and videos published on social media.

Madison Police Chief Mike Koval told reporters that an officer responded to a disturbance at around 6:30 p.m. local time and later forced his way into an apartment that the 19-year-old, who was also suspected of a recent battery, had gone into.

Koval said that a struggle between the suspect and the officer ensued and the teen was fatally shot, according to a recording of the news conference published by broadcaster WKOW.

“The initial finding at the scene did not reflect a gun or anything of that nature that would have been used by the subject,” Koval said.

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