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Monona man shot in Madison last month dies; death now a homicide

Monona man shot in Madison last month dies; death now a homicide

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A man shot in Madison in August died nearly a month later from complications from his wounds, the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office said Thursday.

Madison police and the medical examiner said Ryan K. Cook, 30, of Monona, was shot multiple times on Aug. 10 in the 4600 block of Atticus Way on Madison’s Southwest Side.

On Friday, Madison police were called to the UW Health Rehabilitation Hospital, where Cook had been since shortly after the shooting. He had stopped breathing and did not have a pulse, the medical examiner’s office said, and was taken to another hospital and pronounced dead.

A forensic autopsy was completed by the medical examiner’s office on Monday; preliminary results confirmed that Cook died from complications from “homicidal firearm-related trauma.”

Police said they were called Aug. 10 by Cook himself, who reported shortly after 8:30 p.m. that he’d been shot by a person or persons he didn’t know. He was taken to the hospital and underwent surgery and had been in critical condition, but stable, in the days immediately after the shooting, police said.

The death remains under investigation, and Madison police did not have any updates in the case, which becomes Madison’s seventh homicide of the year. There were 10 last year.

Anyone with information about the case is being asked to contact police at 608-255-2345, or Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014 or


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