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Fox River Mall shooting suspect arrested in Iowa

Fox River Mall shooting suspect Dezman V. Ellis
Posted at 7:45 PM, Feb 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-05 00:48:07-05

DES MOINES, Iowa (NBC 26) — The suspect in Sunday's fatal Fox River Mall shooting has been arrested in Des Moines, Iowa.

Grand Chute Police said the U.S. Marshals Service took Dezman Ellis into custody at a Des Moines residence Thursday afternoon without incident.

Dezman Ellis is suspected of shooting and killing 19-year-old Jovanni J. Frausto during a confrontation at the mall Sunday. Another person was injured in the shooting.

Upon learning Ellis had fled the area after the shooting and was likely heading out of state, Grand Chute Police said it contacted the U.S. Marshals Service for assistance.

“We were fortunate to have them and have that partnership with them," said Officer Travis Waas, Grand Chute Police Department. "The resources that the Marshall Service brings to the plate for an investigation like this are unparalleled.”

Waas said investigators with Grand Chute PD, along with the U.S. Marshall Service, worked diligently to find Ellis and arrest him. He said the community played a big part in that process.

“We’ve received numerous tips about the possible location of Dezman with just different information throughout the investigation, and really the arrest that was made today is in part to some of the tips that we received.”

Waas said police didn't find the firearm used in the mall shooting at the crime scene. He said he's unsure if law enforcement located it at the residence in Iowa.

At this time we don't know why Ellis was in Des Moines or what led investigators to the residence.

Waas said Ellis is currently in a secure facility out of state waiting extradition back to Wisconsin.