Beaver Dam homicide victim was DeKalb County Assistant State’s Attorney

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BEAVER DAM, Wis. (WMTV/WITI) -- The DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s Office says the woman killed in a shooting in Beaver Dam Saturday was the DeKalb County Assistant State’s Attorney.

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According to the office's post on Facebook, Stacia Hollinshead, 30 of Sycamore, Illinois was a U.S. Army intelligence analyst for 11 years, and a graduate of the Northern Illinois University College of Law. She began working for the office last November. She was sworn in as an attorney in Illinois in October after graduating from NIU’s law school in May 2018.

"Everyone here at the DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s Office sends their love and condolences to Stacia’s family and loved ones," State's Attorney Rick Amato said in the statement.

Police on Sunday, March 24 identified the victim killed in a shooting in Beaver Dam on Saturday, and officially classified the case a homicide -- the city's first in nearly three decades, according to the Beaver Dam police chief.

"News of Stacia’s death has left us stunned, deeply saddened, struggling to understand how someone we cared for so much could be the victim of such an unimaginably violent act, and wondering how we could have helped her to prevent it," Amato said.

Police identified the suspect as Ulisses Medina Espinosa of Beaver Dam.

According to the DeKalb States Attorney's Office: "Stacia’s tragic death drives home many points that we make constantly: Domestic violence is about power and control, it is learned behavior, it is present in all communities, it crosses all social and economic barriers, and it is preventable."

The shooting happened near 3rd Street and Vita Avenue Saturday. Police said the suspect was taken into custody at the home right after the shooting. Frightened neighbors had their cellphones out and hit "record" when the suspect was placed in the back of a squad in handcuffs.

"Beaver Dam is a really quiet town. I don't remember the last time a homicide even happened here," said Brandon Darnick, neighbor.

Darnick lives one street away. He said his family lives next door to the crime scene. He said no one knew Espinosa, although police said he was a local.

Espinosa was being held at the Dodge County Detention Facility, and police were working with the district attorney on charges.

"I and all of Stacia’s colleagues at the DeKalb County State’s Attorneys Office will miss her for the rest of our lives," Amato said.