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Old 05-20-2007, 04:08 AM
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Sheriff's Deputy (former Marine) Killed in the Line of Duty

A Kenosha man said he drank tequila, took $200 worth of cocaine and bought a $300 handgun from a gang member before he shot and killed a Kenosha County Sheriff's deputy, according to a criminal complaint filed Friday.

Ezeiquiel Lopez, 44, was given a $1 million cash bond in the death of Deputy Frank Fabiano Jr., 48, of Kenosha. Lopez will be held in Racine County and was guarded by Racine deputies during his hearing Friday.

Lopez was charged with first-degree intentional homicide with a dangerous weapon. If convicted, he could be sent to prison for life plus five years.

For past Kenosha News stories about Fabiano, click here.

Kenosha County Circuit Court Commissioner Carl M. Greco ordered the bond partly because of the murder charge, but also because Lopez is an illegal immigrant and has a criminal history, which extends from Kenosha to Missouri, Texas and Utah.

A criminal complaint says Fabiano radioed dispatchers about 11:35 p.m. for a traffic stop on 12th Street (Highway E), west of 30th Avenue (Highway G) in Somers.

Within 27 seconds, Fabiano told dispatchers he was at 14th Place and 45th Avenue.

Fabiano was trying to pull over a red Chevrolet Astro van for a traffic violation, although Kenosha Sheriff's Sgt. Gill Benn said Friday investigators still weren't sure what kind of violation.

"That's a question we're all trying to figure out," Benn said. "The one person who could help us isn't here."

What seemed clear Friday was Lopez refused to stop immediately.

Fabiano apparently reported this to dispatch. University of Wisconsin-Parkside Police officer Jimmie Spino heard the call and came to help.

Spino was trying to give dispatch his new location outside 1335 45th Street when Fabiano was shot, Benn said.

Seconds after Fabiano ordered the driver to "Get out! Get out!" of the van, gunfire began, Benn said.

Spino said he heard two shots and saw two "flashes" before Fabiano fell to the ground. It was 11:40 p.m.

Lopez fired six shots from his Lorcin .380-caliber semi-automatic handgun, Benn said. Fabiano was hit three times, including a deadly shot to the head.

Spino said Lopez continued to fire even after Fabiano was down.

Fabiano was able to fire at least four gunshots before he collapsed, Benn said. Three of those shots hit the Astro van. A passenger side window was shattered by one bullet, according to the complaint.

Spino fired several shots before he tried to help Fabiano.

Lopez ran away as his van rolled into the woods; Lopez never put the vehicle in park before he got out, Benn said.

Fabiano was pronounced dead about 12:30 a.m.

Lopez was arrested around 2:30 a.m. Members of the Kenosha County Tactical Response Team found Lopez hiding behind cars in an apartment parking lot at 3303 15th St., about one mile from the shooting scene.

Kenosha Police officer Jack Decker, who recently shot an armed man in Kenosha, saw Lopez's gun in his waistband, the criminal complaint says.

Pleasant Prairie Police officer Paul Marik ordered Lopez to the ground and handcuffed him while Decker took Lopez's gun.

Lopez had puncture wounds, apparently from running through the woods.

"That happened today because I was being shot at," Lopez later said while being treated at Kenosha Medical Center.

Lopez also told an investigator that he was upset Wednesday "because his wife supposedly had an affair," the complaint says.

So, he drank tequila, bought a .380-caliber pistol for $300 from a gang member, then used about $200 worth of cocaine, according to the complaint.

When Fabiano tried to pull Lopez over, Lopez reportedly said, "he didn't stop for police because he thought he had been in an accident."

Lopez admitted having a gun and said he was alone in his van, but could not remember shooting at any officers.

Zapf asked for a $2 million bond, given Lopez's illegal immigrant status and the charge against him.

A $2 million bond would be excessive, said public defender Adrian Moore, who suggested a more "reasonable" $250,000 cash bond. Moore said Lopez had no money to post bond and was being kept in jail on a probation hold.

Lopez' next hearing is set for May 29.

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Old 05-20-2007, 04:14 AM
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05/18/2007: Kenosha man charged in murder of deputy being held in Racine County Jail

By Janine Anderson
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KENOSHA — The man accused of shooting and killing a Kenosha County Sheriff’s deputy during a traffic stop Wednesday night is being held on $1 million bail.

Ezeiquiel Lopez, 44, of Kenosha, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide while armed for allegedly shooting and killing Deputy Frank Fabiano. If convicted, he will be sentenced to life in prison. Lopez appeared in Kenosha County Circuit Court Friday afternoon.

According to court records released Friday:
At 11:35 p.m. Wednesday, Fabiano radioed he was attempting to stop a vehicle on Highway E west of 30th Avenue in the Town of Somers. About 30 seconds later he radioed he was at 14th Place and 45th Avenue. At 11:40 p.m. University of Wisconsin-Parkside Police Officer Jimmie Spino broadcast an officer was down and that shots had been fired.

Spino had followed Fabiano to offer backup assistance as he stopped a maroon Chevrolet Astro van in the 1300 block of 45th Street. He heard Fabiano order the driver out of the van then heard two gunshots accompanied by flashes near the driver’s side of the van.

Spino saw Fabiano fall to the ground. He returned fire and said the suspect continued to fire at them. He saw a man wearing dark clothing run from the van toward a line of trees.
Fabiano was taken to St. Catherine’s Hospital in Pleasant Prairie, where he was pronounced dead. He had been shot three times.

Captain Larry Apker of the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department saw two spent shell casings that appeared to be from a .380-caliber firearm on a driveway near where the shots had been fired. There was a bullet hole in a passenger side window of the van.

Police ran the van’s license plates and found it registered to a Kenosha address. Officers went to the address and were told the van was registered to Ezequiel Lopez. Officers were also given Lopez’s cell phone number.

At 2:30 a.m. Thursday a Kenosha Police Department sergeant found Lopez in a parking lot near an apartment complex at 3303 15th Street in Kenosha. Another officer said he saw a handgun in the suspect’s waist band; the gun, a .380-caliber semiautomatic pistol, was recovered by officers.

During an interview with a special agent of the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation, Lopez reportedly said he was upset because his wife supposedly had an affair. He said he had been drinking tequila and bought the pistol for $300 from a gang member. He said he also bought and consumed $200 worth of cocaine. He said he did not stop for police because he thought he had been in an accident.

He admitted he was alone in the van with the pistol, but said he did not recall shooting at any officers.

After his arrest, Lopez was transported from the Racine County Jail to Kenosha County Friday afternoon for his initial appearance in court.

Racine County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy William Gabbey said keeping Lopez confined in Racine was normal procedure after an incident like this.

“It was just for safe-keeping,” he said. “It was to keep a level of separation. It’s standard when someone (on the department) is seriously injured.”

Racine County’s losses
In Racine County, it has been decades since an officer was last killed on duty. Burlington city police lost Anthony Eilers in 1962 after he was shot during a traffic stop. The suspect had just burglarized a home.

The Racine County Sheriff’s Department has not lost an officer on duty for more than 50 years, Gabbey said. Two officers died in 1953 after a car crash, he said. More recently, Deputy David Wawrzyniakowski was shot in the foot while executing a search warrant in Racine on Dec. 12, 2003. Wawrzyniakowski left the department on disability following the injury.

The last Racine police officer killed on duty was Detective James R. Fine, who died Jan. 11, 1974. He was shot by a suspect during a domestic dispute.

Funeral arrangements
Local departments are expected to attend Fabiano’s funeral. Many area departments held memorial services this week to honor officers killed on duty. The week containing May 15 is National Police Week.

Burlington Investigator Rodney Thurin said he and others from the department plan to attend services for Fabiano.

“I’m planning on going,” he said. “Absolutely we’re going to represent our department at that funeral. It’s too close to home not to.”

Gabbey said he expects off-duty deputies to attend as well. Departments are waiting for official word from the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department on how to proceed before making any definite plans.

Funeral information available Friday afternoon (5/18/07) was as follows: Visitation at Piasecki-Althaus Funeral Home, 3720 39th Ave., starting at 4 p.m. Tuesday; Funeral service at the home at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass at Carthage College’s Siebert Chapel, 2001 Alford Ave., Kenosha
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Old 05-21-2007, 03:41 AM
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Frank Fabiano Jr.
1958 - 2007
Our community and a family suffered a devastating loss in the early morning of Thursday, May 17, 2007, when Deputy Sheriff Frank Fabiano Jr. died after unjustifiably being killed while "Holding the Line". "Holding the Line" states the essential mission of the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department. This department holds the line between chaos and order, disturbance and peace, violence and security. Citizens of Kenosha County should feel free from criminal attack, to be secure in their possessions and to live in peace. The Sheriff's Department serves the people of Kenosha County by performing the law enforcement function in a professional manner and it is to these people that this office is "holding the line". At a mere 48 years, Frank's life was packed full of truly remarkable events. It all began on Aug. 8, 1958, in Kenosha when Frank Jr. was born to proud parents, Frank and Donna (Zahn) Fabiano Sr. Being a local boy, Frank attended Kenosha Schools and was a 1977 graduate of Mary D. Bradford High School. He then graduated from the Law Enforcement Academy of the Fox Valley Institute. Frank entered the Marine Corp on Dec. 27, 1982 - serving as a Lance Corporal with the Military Police until his Honorable Discharge on Nov. 25, 1986. His dedication to serve and protect became his permanent profession when on Sept. 5, 1989, Frank was appointed a Deputy Sheriff with the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department. Following his initial training, Frank was assigned to the Third Shift Patrol Division where he served with distinction until his life was taken. He was a natural hero, and his record serves as proof. On May 14, 1991, Deputy Fabiano rescued Lacy Stanley from a burning building. He was awarded the Department Silver Star for Meritorious Service, and Lacy gratefully accepted another chance to live. On Aug. 12, 1991, Deputy Fabiano responded to the Village of Paddock Lake for a Domestic Disturbance. Upon arrival, the suspect opened fire on Frank with a high-powered rifle. Order was secured, the suspect was apprehended, and Deputy Fabiano was treated for shrapnel wounds sustained from the incident. He was awarded the Department Purple Heart. Then on Sept. 12, 1992, Frank's life took on new meaning when he married his soul-mate, Amy T. Buchman at St. Mary's Lutheran Church in Kenosha. Eventually, their love blessed them with a daughter, Angelina and their family was complete. Frank was a member of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church. He was also a member of the Kenosha County Deputy Sheriff's Association where he served every year with the "Shop with a Cop Program". Professionally, he also worked as a Field Training Officer with the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department and served on the Hostage Negotiating Team.
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FRIDAY, March 7, 2008, 3:58 p.m.
By Jennie Tunkieicz

Man found guilty of killing Kenosha deputy

Racine - A Racine County jury this afternoon found Ezequiel Lopez-Quintero guilty of first-degree intentional homicide and use of a dangerous weapon in the shooting death of Kenosha County sheriff's Deputy Frank Fabiano Jr.

Lopez-Quintero, 45, an illegal immigrant living in Kenosha, faces a mandatory life sentence for the conviction of first-degree intentional homicide and up to an additional five years for use of a dangerous weapon.

Fabiano, a former U.S. Marine and an 18-year veteran of the sheriff's department, was gunned down on the night of May 16, 2007, while attempting a routine traffic stop in the town of Somers.

Defense Attorney Frederick Cohn had admitted in opening arguments that his client, Lopez-Quintero, probably fired the fatal shots, but Cohn argued that Lopez-Quintero was too drunk the night of the shooting to have done it intentionally. After driving to Chicago to buy a gun from gang members in a parking lot, Lopez-Quintero drank two bottles of tequila and used cocaine prior to the shooting, Cohn said. Cohn argued that his client did not recall shooting Fabiano.

Immediately after the shooting, Lopez-Quintero fled and was tracked down via satellite through his cell phone. His daughter had given investigators her father's cell phone number. His blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit of .08 when it was taken at the hospital, several hours after the shooting, according to court records.

Kenosha County District Attorney Robert Zapf successfully argued that Lopez-Quintero was angry that night and took it out on an unsuspecting Fabiano, who was simply doing his job.
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Kenosha - The man convicted of killing a Kenosha County sheriff's deputy has been sentenced to prison without the possibility of parole.

A life sentence for Ezequiel Lopez-Quintero on a first-degree intentional homicide conviction was mandatory. But Kenosha County Judge Wilbur Warren had the option today of setting a parole eligibility date. Warren determined Lopez-Quintero would not have the possibility of parole.

Lopez-Quintero was convicted in March of first-degree homicide and carrying a concealed weapon in the death of Deputy Frank Fabiano. The deputy was shot three times during a traffic stop May 16, 2007.

Law enforcement officers and Fabiano's family and friends gathered on the steps of the courthouse for a memorial before Lopez-Quintero was sentenced.
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