UWPD Responds to Shots Fired at University Hospital, No Injuries

  • Incident date: March 31, 2020, 11:00 am
  • Incident type: Disturbance
  • Location/address: University Hospital, Highland Ave.

On Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at approximately 11:00 a.m., the UW-Madison Police Department responded to the University Hospital Emergency Department, Highland Drive, for a report of shots fired.

Two officers with the City of Fitchburg Police Department were transporting a subject into the Emergency Department for evaluation and treatment. When the subject was being moved to another area in the ED waiting room, he attempted to disarm one of the police officers. During the struggle, one round was fired into the ceiling of the waiting room. The officers quickly regained control of the subject and he was taken into custody. No one was injured.

At the time of the report, UWPD immediately sent a WiscAlert emergency notification to warn the community about the incident, asking people nearby to shelter in place. A follow-up WiscAlert was sent a short time later with an all-clear message.