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UPDATE: Woman released after finding of self defense

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- The woman arrested in connection with the shooting death of her ex boyfriend has been release from jail after the district attorney found she acted in self defense.

Heaven A. Grant, 22, has been arrested in connection with the killing Wednesday afternoon at the East Bluff condominiums.

But after a review of the police investigation, Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said Friday that he believed the portion of Wisconsin’s self-defense statute likely applies in this case.

"At this time, my office has asked the Dane County Sheriff’s Office to release Ms. Grant without the filing of charges or formal bail conditions," Ozanne said in a news release.


MADISON (WKOW) --  A Madison woman is facing a tentative, first-degree reckless homicide charge after police say she shot and killed an ex-boyfriend.

Heaven A. Grant, 22, has been arrested in connection with the killing Wednesday afternoon at the East Bluff condominiums.

While police were investigating the shooting scene, they say a woman approached detectives and told them she was the one responsible for the gunfire, according to a Madison police department incident report.

Grant told police said she had recently broken up with the victim. He had spotted her driving Wednesday and began following her car. She ended up driving into a parking lot on East Bluff, according to police.

He got out of the car and words were exchanged and Grant said she shot the suspect just as he was getting into her vehicle, according to police.  

"She looked upset, she looked upset, you could tell she'd been crying, wiping her face, very upset," Rosalie Cardarella tells 27 News.

"Everyone was so calm around her," Cardarella says, assuming Grant was just another witness, as police did not handcuff her initially. "She wasn't being overly loud...or threatening," Cardarella says.

Court records show Grant was found responsible for endangering another, former boyfriend in 2017 as she confronted him with a knife and scissors. And in 2018, records state a loaded handgun was found under Grant's car seat, and the weapon was found to be stolen. In connection to both cases, Grant successfully completed a deferred prosecution program.

Police say the victim Wednesday drove away from East Bluff and found fire department emergency responders on North Sherman Avenue, who attempted to help him.

The victim , a 25-year-old Madison man, did not survive.

Authorities have yet to identify the victim.

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