Officials say a child porn suspect opened fire on two Broward deputies who entered his house to serve a warrant after he refused to come outside.
By Associated Press
Published August 20, 2004
FORT LAUDERDALE - One Broward County sheriff's deputy was killed and another was injured when a child pornography suspect opened fire on them with a high-powered weapon as they served a search warrant early Thursday, officials said.
Detective Todd Fatta, 33, was killed when shots allegedly fired by Kenneth Wilk, 42, hit him in the chest, penetrating his bullet-resistant vest, Sheriff Ken Jenne said. Sgt. Angelo Cedeno, 36, was shot in the hand and shoulder.
Cedeno underwent surgery at North Broward Medical Center. Hours later, sheriff's spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright described his condition as stable.
Fatta had been with the Sheriff's Office for nine years. Cedeno is a 15-year veteran.
Other officers returned fire at Wilk, but he was not injured and was taken into custody at the scene, Jenne said.
Wilk was transferred to federal custody and held on charges of conspiracy to possess child porn and conspiracy to obstruct justice, authorities said. The investigation into Fatta's slaying continued, said sheriff's spokesman Jim Leljedal.
The deputies were part of a multiagency task force, Law Enforcement Against Child Harm, which combats child porn.
Jenne said that twice before, task force members had been to the house, in a quiet neighborhood of single-family homes. Last year, Wilk was arrested after he threatened officers serving a child porn warrant, Jenne said. Last month, another warrant was served and Wilk's partner, Kelly Ray Jones, a registered sex offender, was arrested on charges of using the Internet to send illicit images of children to an undercover detective. He remains jailed.
After Jones' arrest, "Wilk was bragging we had not found all of the child pornography," Jenne said. Officers returned Thursday to search for additional material.
When deputies arrived at the house, they tried to get Wilk to come outside to be served the warrant, but he refused, Jenne said.
Jenne said when the deputies entered the house and rounded a corner, Wilk fired at them.
"Mr. Wilk had several weapons, several high-caliber weapons around the house," Jenne said.
Wilk listed his occupation as actor, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Neighbors said they discovered a couple of years ago that Jones had been arrested on sex offenses and passed fliers through the community to warn families.