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DCI Agent Mark Wagner Is Acquitted

The jury has rendered a verdict of not guilty for state DCI Agent Mark Wagner regarding the charge of second-degree recklessly endangering safety in connection with the shooting of an unarmed suspect during a traffic stop on Madison’s north side in 2022.

Mark Wagner faced accusations of second-degree recklessly endangering safety for discharging his firearm at suspect Quadren Wilson, who was apprehended on drug charges during the incident on Feb. 3, 2022. Following the verdict, Wagner exited the courtroom surrounded by numerous supporters, including friends, family, and fellow law enforcement officers. A supporter delivered a speech to other agents from the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), expressing gratitude for their service and encouraging them to persevere despite the trial's outcome.

Before the prosecution presented its closing arguments, the judge provided instructions to the jury. During the prosecution's presentation, which lasted approximately 30 minutes, emphasis was placed on the contention that Wagner's decision to shoot at Wilson, who was confined in his vehicle, lacked justification. The prosecution highlighted Wilson's unarmed status, contrasting it with Wagner's assertion that he believed Wilson had fired at him. Following a brief pause, the defense delivered its concluding statements. Wagner's legal team consistently asserted throughout the trial that Wagner fired in self-defense and to shield his fellow agents. The prosecutor recounted the instance when Wagner approached Wilson's window, highlighting Wagner's perception that Wilson was armed, leading him to open fire. The defense reminded the jury that the prosecution must establish beyond a reasonable doubt that Wagner committed a crime. In just 90 minutes of deliberation, a jury from Dane County rendered a verdict of not guilty for Agent Wagner, dismissing the charge of second-degree recklessly endangering safety.

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