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Chief: Man fatally shot reaching for officer's gun

Published On: Nov 13 2012 06:42:28 AM CST   Updated On: Nov 13 2012 06:41:00 AM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -

The Madison police chief says the man killed by a police officer last Friday was reaching toward the officer's gun when he was shot.

Chief Noble Wray also confirmed that the man was not a burglar, but a neighbor who reportedly had been drinking before he mistakenly entered the wrong house.

Wray says 30-year-old Paul Heenan entered the house using a key the homeowners kept in their door.

The chief says Officer Stephen Heimsness was responding to a 911 call about a possible burglary when he arrived to find Heenan struggling with the homeowner outside.

Wray says Heenan advanced toward the officer, grabbed his hand with one and reached toward the officer's gun with the other. The officer fired three rounds.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports an investigation continues.