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(MADISON, Wisc.) — A 19-year-old was shot and killed by a Wisconsin police officer on Friday night, bringing out protesters.

Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said on Friday night that the man was suspected of battery and was spotted dodging in and out of traffic. An officer followed him into a home, where Koval says a scuffle ensued. “This same subject then assaulted my officer and in the context of mutual combat in that sense, the officer did draw his revolver and subsequently shot the subject.”

It was unclear whether the suspect was armed.

The suspect was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died of his injuries. The officer received medical treatment for a blow to the head. Neither individual was immediately identified by police.

Koval noted that the Department of Criminal Investigation is leading the investigation of the incident. “This is completely their oversight,” he said. “We will only supplement their needs as they request it.”

ABC affiliate WKOW in Madison reports that a crowd gathered near the site of the shooting, and some later headed to the downtown building that is home to the Madison Police Department’s Central District offices.

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