Homicide in Madison: 26-year-old suspect in custody after fatal shooting in Metro Market lot

MADISON -- Madison police say a suspect is in custody following the fatal shooting of a woman in a grocery store parking lot.

26-year-old Christopher O'Kroley was taken into custody early Wednesday afternoon, February 3rd after he allegedly shot at an officer during a sweep of a shopping area.

Christopher O'Kroley (PHOTO: WMTV)

Police spokesman Joel DeSpain confirmed to the Wisconsin State Journal (http://bit.ly/20H5EW1) that an officer had been shot at but that no one was hurt.

DeSpain said the shot was fired near a Marshall's department store. Many stores in the area, including East Towne Mall, were on lockdown because of the search for the suspect.

According to WMTV, authorities said a citizen recognized O'Kroley near the Babies 'R Us store around 1:00 p.m. A patrol officer was sent to search the area and arrived 10 minutes later.

WMTV reports the details are unclear, but the suspect and police officer exchanged gunfire outside according to police. At least two shots were fired, and no one was injured.

Police said a Home Depot window was damaged and there was a gas leak which may have happened because of the gunshots.

Police said they found O'Kroley with a handgun in a nearby dumpster.

He was then being questioned.

The 24-year-old woman, identified as Caroline Nosal of Stoughton was shot in the head outside the Metro Market on Madison's east side about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police said the woman and the 26-year-old man who was being sought knew each other.

Although O'Kroley was named as the only suspect in the case so far, police said the investigation into Tuesday night's homicide is ongoing. They are looking into whether O'Kroley may have had help from someone else.

Police said O'Kroley and Nosal were former employees of Metro Market.