No charges will be filed against Dane County sheriff’s officers who killed a domestic abuse suspect earlier this month at a home in the town of Primrose. Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne reviewed evidence gathered by outside investigators and ruled Tuesday that the deputies acted appropriately when they shot and killed Dean Caccamo.
Police were called to a home on May 1, where they say Caccamo had brutally beaten his mother and stepfather. Officials said Caccamo pepper-sprayed a deputy, and tried to grab another officer’s shotgun. Caccamo then stabbed an officer who was trying to handcuff him. Another deputy unsuccessfully tried to subdue the suspect with a Taser stun gun. Caccamo later died after being shot in one of his lungs.
A new state law requires two outside agencies to look into deaths which involve officers. District Attorney Ozanne noted that Dane County deputies exceeded the law’s requirements by having officers from four police departments look into it; Madison, Fitchburg, Sun Prairie, and the UW-Madison police force.