By Brandi Makuski
Stevens Point police on Saturday said they are seeking a suspect in a Mar. 17 shooting which occurred on the 2700 block of Fifth Ave.
Kyle Engen, who is from Dane Co., is wanted by police for the attempted homicide of Deonta Lezine, 21, of Stevens Point. A previously-released report from Dane Co. police incorrectly labeled Thursday’s shooting as a homicide.
Lezine was shot during what police believe was a “drug deal gone bad” on St. Patrick’s Day, though it was not immediately clear if Lezine was a participant in the deal or a bystander attempting to intervene. Lezine remains in critical condition at an undisclosed trauma center.
Engen, 30, is described as a white male, six feet tall and 155 pounds with brown eyes and blonde hair. He has a tattoo of “420” on his right arm and was last seen driving a maroon or purple Lexus SUV. Engen is also believed to be in the possession of a .380 handgun.
Engen was convicted on drug charges in 2015 after pleading guilty in a Dane Co. court. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.
The alert for Engen was issued by Dane County Detective Timothy Blanke for Stevens Point Police. The alert was posted to the Marshfield Police Department Facebook page on Saturday afternoon.
It was not immediately clear why the information was released first by Marshfield police, rather than law enforcement in Stevens Point.
“This incident is being investigated as an attempted homicide although the victim remains in critical condition,” a news release from Stevens Point police read in part.
“Our investigators have gone to Dane County and with the help of the sheriff’s office down there served a search warrant at the property where [Engen] was believe to be,” said SPPD Chief Marty Skibba by phone on Saturday. “But he was not at the residence at the time the warrant was executed.”
Anyone with information on Engen’s whereabouts should contact Stevens Point Police Department Det. John Lawrynk 715-498-0454 or Det. Kent Lepak 715-498-0012.