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BELOIT -- While police continued their search last week for the killer of a 5-year-old town of Beloit boy, the community grappled with the shocking and senseless killing.

Austin Ramos Jr. was shot and killed about 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 near the intersection of Prairie Avenue and Shopiere Road in Beloit, according to interim Police Chief Dave Zibolski.

A gunman pulled alongside the car Austin's father was driving and opened fire, striking Austin in the abdomen while he sat strapped into his car seat.

Friday, 22 January 2016 22:16

Five year old dead in Beloit shooting

STATELINE NEWS -- A five-year-old Beloit boy was shot and killed about 7:10 p.m. tonight near the intersection of Prairie Avenue and Shopiere Road in Beloit.

(Complete coverage HERE. Social media coverage HERE. Video HERE.)

The child was in the back seat of a car driven by his father when a gunman pulled up alongside and opened fire, according to interim Police Chief Dave Zibolski.

The father was uninjured and is assisting with the investigation.

The suspect vehicle is described as a maroon SUV.

Police are asking residents with any information on the shooting to contact police.

More information will be added when it becomes available.

BELOIT -- Who will lead Beloit’s police department now that Chief Norm Jacobs and Deputy Chief Tom Dunkin have agreed to leave at the end of January? That decision is in the hands of the Beloit Police and Fire Commission.

Jacobs and Dunkin agreed Monday to part ways with the city after the two sides hammered out a separation agreement. The agreement avoids what could have been a lengthy termination hearing that was set to begin Jan. 7, 2016.

Beloit Interim Police Chief David Zibolski will be staying around for at least a little while after the city of Green Bay selected Andrew Smith as its next chief of police.

Zibolski had been one of three finalists for the job. Zibolaski has made no secret of his desire to become a police chief. He said last month that he would be interested in a permanent job in Beloit should the job open up.

Zibolski was hired as interim chief in June, after Chief Norm Jacobs and Deputy Chief Tom Dunkin were placed on administrative leave.

The fate of Jacobs and Dunkin now is in the hands of Beloit's Police and Fire Commission.

Smith, according to the Green Bay Press Gazette, spent nearly three decades with the Los Angeles Police Department but has strong ties to Wisconsin. He was born in Waukesha and raised in Iron Mountain, Michigan.

BELOIT -- Beloit officials want to fire their two top police leaders, but both men have vowed to fight what they call politically motivated charges.

The final decision on the fate of Chief Norm Jacobs and Deputy Chief Tom Dunkin, who were placed on administrative leave June 16 by City Manager Lori Curtis Luther, lies with the six-member Beloit Police and Fire Commission.

Special coverage of the Beloit Police Department begins HERE

Feb. 24, 2015: City council hires consultant to study police department management
June 3, 2015: Lori Curtis Luther takes over as Beloit city manager from Larry Arft, who retired.
June 16, 2015: Police Chief Norm Jacobs and Deputy Chief Tom Dunkin placed on administrative leave.
Oct. 8, 2015: Jacobs and Dunkin notified Luther will seek to have them removed.
Oct. 13, 2015: Luther announces allegations to be forwarded to the Beloit Police and Fire Commission
Oct. 26, 2015: First scheduled meeting of the Beloit Police and Fire Commission.

Editor's note: This is an updated version of a story first published Monday, Oct. 12, 2015

BELOIT -- Although public’s focus has been on the fate of Police Chief Norm Jacobs and Deputy Chief Tim Dunkin, a quite transformation in culture has been taking place during the past 120 days, according to interim Police Chief Dave Zibolski.

BELOIT -- The Beloit city manager intends to have the police chief and deputy chief fired, according to a joint news release from attorneys representing the two men.

The Beloit Police Department has undertaken several rounds of hiring for patrol officers this year, but officials hope changes in the process will lead to greater diversity in the force.

Interim police chief David Zibolski said he has revamped the recruitment and assessment team in an effort to add diversity to the department.

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