UPDATE: Victim, suspect identified in fatal Beaver Dam shooting

March 25, 2019

An Illinois woman was shot to death in a Third Street duplex Beaver Dam on Saturday, and a local man was taken into custody.

Beaver Dam police identified the victim as Stacia F. Hollinshead of Sycamore, Illinois, and the suspect as Ulisses W. Medina Espinosa of Beaver Dam. The incident is being investigated as a homicide, and Espinosa is being held at the Dodge County Detention Facility, according to information provided Sunday by the Beaver Dam Police Department. The department is working with the Dodge County District Attorney’s Office to determine charges.

Beaver Dam Police Chief John Kreuziger said a 911 call was placed at 2:42 p.m. Saturday about a shooting that occurred at a home in the 300 block of East Third Street. Upon responding, police found that Hollinshead had died in an incident involving a firearm. Officers took Espinosa into custody without issue.

Kreuziger noted the incident marked the first suspected homicide of this kind in the 28 years he has been with the department. He said there is no threat to the public, though Third Street was closed from Vita Avenue to University Avenue.

Kreuziger said police are trying to determine the relationship between Hollinshead and Espinosa. He said there were several adults and one child who also lived in the home, and they have been allowed to return with the appropriate areas blocked off.

Allie and Brian Hartl have lived down the street since 2008. Allie Hartl said she was shopping with their son in Appleton when her phone started blowing up and she immediately thought it was a fire, not expecting something like this.

“It’s a really quiet neighborhood,” Brian said. “We know each other and take care of each other. We don’t expect to see anything like this on a quiet street like this.”

The Beaver Dam Police Department is being assisted by the district attorney’s office, the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, the Dodge County response team for traffic control, the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation and the Wisconsin State Patrol.