Wis. man killed by cops had mental-illness history - WAOW - Newsline 9, Wausau News, Weather, Sports

Wis. man killed by cops had mental-illness history


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Dane County authorities say the Madison man shot and killed by police last week after allegedly charging at them with a sword had a history of mental illness.
   Sheriff's spokeswoman Elise Schaffer tells the Wisconsin State Journal the 43-year-old man had been taken to mental health facilities in 2004 and 2008 as part of court-ordered commitments.
   Deputies had asked police Friday to help them evict Brent E. Brozek from his condominium following foreclosure.
   Police spokesman Joel DeSpain says Brozek ultimately came outside and rushed at officers brandishing a large sword. DeSpain says a nonlethal beanbag round was ineffective, and that multiple officers opened fire.
   Brozek's former boss says Brozek was fired from his job as a cab driver in January for alluding to executing a female passenger.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WAOW. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Chief Engineer Russ Crass at 715-842-2251. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.