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Woman released after D.A. says she acted in self defense

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Dane County D.A. Ismael Ozanne

MADISON (WKOW) -- The woman arrested in connection with the shooting death of her ex boyfriend has been released 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.

Ozanne said Grant’s statements to law enforcement combined with witness statements and surveillance video currently support a determination that Grant used force intended to or likely to cause death or great bodily harm while the person she shot was in her vehicle after unlawfully and forcibly entering it.

Under Wisconsin law, a trial court would not consider whether Ms. Grant could have fled or retreated and must presume that she reasonably believed that the force she used was necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to herself, Ozanne said.

The shooting took place Wednesday afternoon at the East Bluff condominiums.

While police were investigating the shooting scene, they say Grant 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.

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