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Inmate allegedly involved in drive-by
Two days after incident, deputy fatally shot Villarreal at Lakeland Medical Center

by Rob Ireland

February 07, 2013

ELKHORN — The inmate who was fatally shot by a Walworth County Sheriff's Deputy was allegedly involved in a drive-by shooting just days before his death, according to recently released court documents.

On Jan. 21, Alfredo Emilio Villarreal, 18, was killed at the Aurora Lakeland Medical Center where he was receiving treatment. Villarreal allegedly attacked a Walworth County sheriff's deputy who was guarding him.

The attack reportedly occurred when Villarreal was unschackled to use the restroom.

Villarreal allegedly fired a gun at a home on Hartwell Street in the city of Elkhorn just two days before his death.

Elkhorn Police Chief Joel Christensen said no one was hurt during the incident, but the home was occupied. Three others have been linked to the shooting.

On Jan. 29 and 30, the Walworth County District Attorney's Office filed three felony charges against Cameron M. Casillas, 18, of Milwaukee, Rochele M. Sorg, 19, of Elkhorn, and Sarah M. Brittain, 28, of Elgin, Ill.

All three have been charged with first-degree recklessly endangering safety, use of a dangerous weapon, discharging a firearm from a vehicle toward a building and endangering safety by reckless use of a firearm.

If convicted, each defendant faces up to 35 years imprisonment and $75,000 in fines. Sorg faces an additional misdemeanor charge of resisting or obstructing an officer.

Christensen said there is some indication that the shooting is gang-related, which is based on the previous affiliations of those involved. The investigation into the shooting is ongoing, Christensen said.

Casillas and Sorg have been taken into police custody. However, police haven't taken Brittain into custody and there is a warrant for her arrest.

Neither Sorg or Casillas have had previous contacts with the Elkhorn Police Department.

Brittain was arrested by the Elkhorn Police Department in 2008 and later convicted of felony identity theft.

According to the criminal complaint:

On Jan. 19 at 7:50 p.m. officers went to a residence for a report of shots fired at a home.

Police spoke to Alexander Maurizzi and Flavio Giovanni Perez.

Maurizzi said he believed the shooting was a retaliation because he had charges dismissed against him for felony child abuse.

The charges were reportedly filed because of a fight Maurizzi had with Villarreal.

Casillas didn't show up to a Jan. 14 court proceeding and the prosecutor moved to dismiss the case.

On the street outside the home, Elkhorn Police Officer Robert Rayfield located shell casings.

Walworth County Sheriff Sgt. Ken Brand saw a bullet entrance hole in the south side of the residence, which traveled into the second interior wall and lodged into a stud in the home.

A bullet was fired through a window and another one went through clothing in a closet.

A bullet entered Maurizzi's bedroom, which he was in at the time of the shooting, and his grandmother's bedroom.

Three other people were in the home at the time of the shooting.

That night police spoke to Villarreal who said he was with his girlfriend during the shooting. However, police had previously spoken to Villarreal's girlfriend, who said he was not with her at the time of the shooting.

Villarreal then told police he had actually been with Martin Villarreal and Casillas.

On Jan. 24, Sorg told police that Brittain and Casillas picked her up from her home and then they picked up Alfredo Villarreal from his girlfriend's house.

The four of them talked about shooting at Maurizzi's home.

Villarreal was then driven back to his girlfriend's home.

In the car, Casillas tried shooting the gun at Maurizzi's house, but it didn't fire. The group then picked up Alfredo and Martin Villarreal.

Martin Villarreal has not been charged in the shooting.

Sorg told police that Alfredo Villarreal fired the gun out of the window at Maurizzi's house and Brittain drove them away.

Martin Villarreal told police that in the car his window went down without him rolling it down.

Martin Villarreal said he then ducked down and Alfredo Villarreal shot the gun out the window at Maurizzi's home.

Sorg told police that they returned to her home in Elkhorn and Villarreal and Casillas wiped the prints off the gun. Casillas told Sorg he buried the firearm in a backyard.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Christensen said police hadn't found the gun.