Madison Police Department
For thirty years, starting in 1960, Daniel Kalascheur worked as a police officer for the Madison Police Department. Midway through his career, on January 8, 1975, Officer Kalascheur was faced with a call that all officers continually train for but seldom occur.
As Officer Kalascheur was taking care of an earlier call, a call came in for an armed robbery taking place at the Commercial State Bank, and that a suspect vehicle was fleeing the scene. Heading towards the direction of the call, several radio reports were being given and a number of other squad cars were in the area searching for the robbers. A bank employee that had been following the getaway car flagged down Officer Kalascheur and told him the car was parked behind a store. As Officer Kalascheur drove to where the car was, he got his first look at one of the suspects.
Seeing Officer Kalascheur, the robber ran to an awaiting car. At a distance of only ten to fifteen feet, the robber started shooting at Officer Kalascheur. Both Officer Kalascheur and the robbers maneuvered their cars to try and get to an advantageous position. Officer Kalascheur moved his squad car back and forth to try and make himself a much more difficult target to hit and was also able to fire a few rounds at the robbers. The getaway car suddenly took off, starting the chase over again.
During this chase Officer Kalascheur was able to get his shotgun, load it, and after a number of turns, faced the suspects as they were taking up a defensive position behind their getaway car. At a distance of only twenty feet, Officer Kalascheur saw the driver pointing his handgun directly at another police officer and was able to stop him by using his shotgun. At seeing his accomplice fall, the second suspect dropped his weapon and raised his hands in surrender.
Officer Kalascheur’s squad car was later found to have had 18 bullet holes. When asked about this, he said, “Well, they missed my car a number of times.” Also a bystander was injured as he was shot at by one of the robbers as he was attempting to forcibly take his truck.
The two bank robbers were an extreme danger to the community and in the surviving suspects statement to another officer said that the robbery “…was meant to be successful.”