A Kenosha County Sheriff's deputy, effecting a traffic stop late Wednesday night, was shot and killed by the driver of a minivan, who was arrested some 3-hours later. Sergeant Gil Benn says it happened in a subdivision not far from the UW-Parkside campus. A backup officer radioed in that the deputy, Frank Fabiono Jr., was down. Fabiono was rushed to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Benn says the backup officer to the scene told dispatch an armed and dangerous suspect was on the loose. Area residents were asked to remain in their homes during an intense manhunt which involved multiple jurisdictions, including two police helicopters and six canine teams.
The suspect is a 45-year old man with a list of aliases, who will be housed in a jail outside of Kenosha County. Police have identified the alleged shooter as Ezekiel Lopez.
Kenosha Sheriff David Beth said Deputy Fabiano was one of the most decorated members of the department in his almost 18-years of service. Fabiono leaves behind a wife and 7-year old daughter.