Police fatally shot a black teenager in Madison, Wisconsin, on Friday night, prompting demonstrations in the city.
Madison’s police chief, Mike Koval, said at a press conference that an officer shot a 19-year-old, who he said was responsible for a recent battery, during an altercation.
After hearing a disturbance inside an apartment the man had gone into, an officer forced entry, Koval said. The officer was assaulted by the man and fired more than one shot in the altercation, Koval said.
“The officer did draw his revolver and subsequently shot the subject,” Koval said.
Koval said the officer who fired and other colleagues administered first aid to the victim, who died at a local hospital.
Police did not identify the victim, but friends and family of Tony Terrell Robinson Jr named him in the hours following the evening shooting.
Robinson’s aunt, Lorien Carter, told the Wisconsin State Journal that Robinson was “a beautiful young man” and “gentle”.
Michael Johnson, the Dane County Boys and Girls Club chief executive, said on Facebook the family had asked for peaceful protest and that Robinson’s mother requested “that her son not be dehumanized by local authorities”.
“He was a loving and caring young man according to his grandmother,” Johnson said in a Facebook post that showed Robinson smiling in a bright red graduation cap and gown.
Robinson graduated from Sun Prairie high school in 2014 and was set to attend Madison College, according to the post.
People chanted “Black lives matter” near the scene of the shooting on Williamson Street, then walked to City County Building and held a sit-in.