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Family identifies man killed by deputy as Quantaze Campbell, 46


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A Madison family is devastated after they said it was their loved one, 46-year-old Quantaze Campbell, who was fatally shot by a Dane County Sheriff’s Office deputy in Windsor Thursday night.

The Department of Justice said they’re investigating after a Dane County deputy shot and killed someone Thursday but has not identified the person killed or shared any additional details about the incident.

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Campbell’s oldest daughter Quantazia McClain said she and the rest of the family learned about her father’s death when an officer contacted the 46-year-old’s mother, who lives in Milwaukee, about the incident.

“We still don’t know exactly what happened,” Quantazia said.

On Friday afternoon, family members told News 3 Now they have not been told how or why Campbell was shot, so they went looking for answers on their own.

Quanice McClain, another one of Campbell’s daughters, said they then learned Campbell was wanted on a warrant but she also said that doesn’t explain why he ended up dead.

“He just a Black man, he ain’t want to go to jail—just like everybody else,” Quanice said.

Court records show the 46-year-old had a warrant pending since Sept. 20 for failing to appear in a felony criminal case. Filings also show Campbell is accused of helping steal ten thousand dollars’ worth of copper coils from UW Hospital in June, the case for which he was wanted on a warrant.

Campbell’s additional crime record is largely from the 1990s and early 2000s, when he was convicted of a number of felonies including battery, resisting officers, forgery, and drug possession.

Campbell’s family said they want people to know he was more than his mistakes.

“We just didn’t want him to be portrayed as something that he wasn’t… He was a family man, a loving man,” Quanice said. “My dad was the type of person that would give you the shirt off his back if you need him, he’s that person that you could call.”

Dante McClain, the mother of Campbell’s daughters, said with so many questions still unanswered, her family isn’t yet sure what they would say to the 46-year-old if they could but their hearts remain heavy.

“I can’t even picture him not being around,” Dane said, “not there for our kids and me and the grandbabies you know–his mom especially.” She also said Campbell was his mother’s only child.

The family told News 3 Now they have plans to meet with the DOJ’s Division of Criminal Investigation, the agency investigating the deadly shooting. They hope to get more answers then.

Officials have not identified whether Campbell was a suspect or involved in a different way.

News 3 Now has reached out to the Department of Justice for further clarification.