Man with pitchfork fatally shot by police

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Madison police say an officer fatally shot a man after he emerged from a lake, broke into a home and advanced toward the officer with a pitchfork.

Police Chief Mike Koval says the department received a call around 9 p.m. Thursday about a man who was chest-deep in Lake Monona, flapping and acting oddly.

The Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office on Friday identified the man as 41-year-old Michael William Schumacher, of Fitchburg. The office issued a statement saying preliminary autopsy results confirmed his death was a result of the shooting.

Koval says Schumacher reportedly threw a rock into the window of a home from the water. He says the homeowners also called police and fled after they heard the man breaking items in the basement.

Koval says the first officer on the scene was waiting for backup when Schumacher approached the doorway from inside the house with a pitchfork.

He says the officer fatally shot Schumacher after he ignored orders to stop.

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