DOJ documents reveal details about night Tony Robinson was shot

Documents released by the Department of Justice and a search warrant obtained by News 3 provide more details on about the night Madison police officer Matt Kenny shot and killed Tony Robinson in March.


Kenny shot the 19-year-old in the stairwell of an apartment house on Williamson Street on March 6. Kenny was responding to calls that Robinson had attacked two people and was running in traffic.

The Dane County Medical Examiner reported earlier that Robinson suffered firearm trauma to his head, torso and right arm.

In the document, a Madison Police Department sergeant said Kenny told him that he was beaten by a person and that he fired his duty weapon.

The sergeant said after he conducted a safety sweep of the Williamson Street house, he found Kenny conducting CCR on the victim, who was later identified as Robinson.

The search warrant documents also note that Robinson’s roommate told police they smoked marijuana together and that Robinson was looking to buy hallucinogenic mushrooms.

The roommate told police Robinson was “going crazy and punching holes in the walls of their apartment,” the documents said. The roommate also told police he got a SnapChat from Robinson with a picture of what he thought was psychedelic mushrooms.

According to the DOJ documents, when Kenny was interviewed four days after the shooting he said he had had a headache since the incident. The documents also have reports from Kenny’s medical records showing that he was treated for a concussion at St. Mary’s Hospital.

The incident has sparked multiple protests, with demonstrators demanding Kenny be charged with homicide.

Attorney General Brad Schimel said the DOJ-DCI investigation involved more than 100 investigative reports, more than 60 witness interviews, interviews of more than 40 separate households as part of a neighborhood canvass, 29 agents, analysts and supervisors from the DCI and additional staffing from DCI, offices in Appleton, Milwaukee and Wausau.