A 21-year-old Racine man faces life in prison after he was charged Friday afternoon with first-degree intentional homicide in the shooting death of a 31-year-old Racine man early Monday morning.

Francisco F. Ortiz, who is accused of killing Deshaun Honeycutt, 31, of Racine, made his initial appearance Friday afternoon in Racine County Circuit Court.

According to the criminal complaint:

Police responded to the 1300 block of Blake Avenue for two reports of shots being fired, the first at 2:30 a.m. and the second at 3:20 a.m. While in the area, officers were notified of a vehicle accident involving a Jeep. The driver, later identified as Honeycutt, had been
shot and later died at Ascension Health Care.

An autopsy determined the cause of death was a gunshot to the back, the complaint states.

Investigators with the Racine Police Department found a handgun in the Jeep, along with at least six bullet holes, including one through the rear hatch.

While officers investigated the second call, they found .40 caliber casings and a .40 caliber live round in the area of 1318 Blake Ave. Multiple witnesses stated they heard between six and eight gunshots around 2:30 a.m., but didn’t see anything, and then reported hearing
six to eight more around 3:20 a.m.

One witness told police he heard both sets of gunshots, and after the second round, what sounded like two vehicles leaving at a high rate of speed – followed by the electricity going out. Police at the accident scene revealed the crash had sheared off a utility pole.

Video surveillance from the Marathon Gas Station on Rapids Drive showed the victim’s Jeep, followed by a white Camry. Prior to the vehicles leaving, the victim enters the gas station, and as he left, waved or made a gesture toward the Camry, which police later found was registered to Ortiz.

Ortiz was a passenger in a vehicle stopped by police Wednesday. During a search, a black Glock handgun was found in the driver’s waistband.

Police spoke to a man, who stated that Ortiz had picked him up from work Monday, and drove to the gas station, where they spoke to a group of girls. The Jeep pulled in and almost hit one of the girls, and then followed the man and Ortiz onto Rapids Drive.

At one point, the vehicles stopped in the street, and the man exited to go to Ortiz’s house. At that point, he heard gunshots, turned back toward the street and saw Ortiz shooting a handgun at the Jeep. The man estimated the defendant fired six times and then the Jeep pulled away.

The man also stated that a young boy, approximately 12 years old, was standing in the yard when the shooting occurred. The man said he started to walk home when Ortiz told him to get in the vehicle.

Ortiz reportedly kept telling the man, “Why dude make me do that?” and “Dude was gonna kill you.” The man said he never saw Honeycutt, but Ortiz told him he saw the victim with a gun at the gas station.

Police spoke to the man who had the gun in his waistband, and he told them that it was his and he had it all night Sunday into Monday in the backpack in his car at work. The gun was seized and sent to the State Crime Lab for analysis. Results of that test were not available.

A search warrant at Ortiz’s home found a magazine for a .40 caliber Glock with markings that match the markings on the magazine recovered from the Glock, an empty black nylon holster, two live 7.62 caliber bullets, an empty box for a .40 caliber 50 drum magazine, a sawed-off shotgun and an empty box of Browning .40 caliber ammunition.

Also recovered was a plastic baggie with numerous multicolored pills that appeared to be ecstasy.

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