By Brandi Makuski
Stevens Point police have confirmed the victim of a Mar. 17 shooting has died.
Lezine, 21, died at 8:45 PM on Friday, Mar. 25. He was being treated at an undisclosed trauma center after being shot in the head during what police believe was a drug deal gone bad last week. When asked if Lezine was a participant in the drug deal, or a bystander who intervened, police have repeatedly declined comment.
An autopsy to determine official cause and manor of death is scheduled for early next week.
Police say Lezine, along with another man, were shot in the street on Fifth Avenue shortly before 8 PM on St. Patrick’s Day. The second victim has only been identified as a 20-year-old male, who police say is cooperating with the investigation.
Lezine was not currently enrolled as a student at UW-Stevens Point, but was living on Minnesota Ave. and had previously played football for the university. He was also played football at Horlick High School in Racine, and also was a Golden Gloves heavyweight boxer.
Coroner Scott Rifleman declined to make a comment on Friday night.
Asst. Chief Tony Babl said in a Saturday morning press release that no arrests have been made yet.
“Law enforcement throughout the state continues to search for suspect Kyle C. Engen,” Babl wrote in an email. “At this time there are no substantial new leads in the case and the location of Engen is unknown.”
Engen, 30, is from the Marshall, Wis. area just northeast of Madison. Police executed a search warrant in Marshall on Sat., Mar. 19, where Engen was believed to be, but was not found.
“We have gotten some tips coming in, but not as many as you would expect, given the investigators’ cell numbers are out there,” Babl said last week. “I wouldn’t call any of the leads solid; we are not getting as much information as we would have hoped.”
Investigators from SPPD have been going door-to-door in the neighborhood where the shooting occurred, which is largely comprised of off-campus student rental housing.
“Officers and detectives have been handing out fliers this week to solicit more information, and we’re looking for any businesses or people that might have had a camera, which could have caught something,” Babl added.