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Madison officers cleared in shooting investigation

Published On: Jun 02 2014 12:19:05 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 02 2014 12:31:45 PM CDT

Photos courtesy Madison Police Department

Sgt. David McClurg and Officer Carlin Becker

MADISON, Wis. -

The Madison police officers involved in the shooting of Londrell Johnson were cleared of wrongdoing by the Dane County District Attorney.

A release from the DA’s office on Monday states Johnson advanced on Sgt. David McClurg and Officer Carlin Becker with a large knife despite verbal commands from the officers during the shooting on May 2.

“Responding to that threat with deadly force is permitted under the law,” the release stated.

The officers were responding to a call of a man with multiple stab wounds who said his neighbor had kicked in the apartment door and stabbed his whole family.

Police say Johnson stabbed three people in an apartment on East Washington Avenue near Milwaukee Street, including two fatally, before police got to the scene.

The coroner identified the victims as 57-year-old Robin Rae Grossmann and her daughter, 34-year-old Charity Rae Grossmann.

All three of the victims are from Madison.

The report said Johnson made a ‘grunt’ or “exhale” sound as he moved towards the officers with the knife in his hand. The first officer began to fire while moving into the bathroom. Johnson continued towards that officer as the second officer began to fire as well.

Johnson was taken to the hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

A separate review of the shooting by the state Department of Justice is ongoing.

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