Suspect arrested in Tuesday night homicide

A citizen helped the Madison Police Department by calling in after they saw the suspect around 1 p.m. at East Towne Mall.

A woman in her early 20s and employee of the Metro Market on the east side was killed in a shooting Tuesday night, according to a Madison Police Department incident report.

She was shot in a parking lot on the 6000 block of Cottage Grove Road around 8 p.m. She was then transported to the hospital but did not survive.

MPD identified Christopher T. O’Kroley, age 26, as the suspect Tuesday night. He remained at large most of Wednesday until a citizen identified him around 1 p.m. outside of East Towne Mall. A responding officer was able to apprehend the suspect after an exchange of gunfire.

“A responding officer spotted the suspect outside and there was an exchange of gunfire,” MPD Public Information Officer Joel DeSpain said in the report. “The suspect ran and was located inside a dumpster. A handgun was recovered.”

This is the first Madison homicide in 2016.

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