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Florida gay man arrested for killing officer

Florida gay man arrested for killing officer

A gay man in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has been accused of killing a Broward County sheriff's deputy and wounding another during a raid at his home by a multiagency task force on child pornography. Kenneth Wilk, 42, whom officials say once had an Internet profile that listed "hunting cops" as a hobby, faces a bond hearing on federal charges Tuesday. Prosecutors are deciding how to charge him in the fatal shooting of Det. Todd Fatta and the wounding of Sgt. Angelo Cedeno during the raid Thursday. According to several reports, Wilk is the former chapter president of the gay political group Log Cabin Republicans in Houston, but Christopher Barron, political director for Log Cabin's national office, said he didn't know if that was true. "I can't confirm this guy was a Log Cabin chapter president," Barron told "I haven't been able to find anybody here who can tell me whether he was or wasn't." However, an anonymous source, who once was highly involved in the leadership of the Texas Log Cabin group, told that he remembers when Wilk was elected to head the Houston chapter in 1994. "He was so bad that they impeached him," the man said. "He was quickly removed from office by the same people who put him in because he was such a wild hair. He's clearly a nitwit, and it's just not fair to Log Cabin [that he is associated with them]." Police had flagged dispatch computers to warn any officers heading to Wilk's house "to use extreme caution" because of previous threats to officers and noted there were rifles and handguns in the house, the Sun-Sentinel reported Saturday. A SWAT team detailed the layout in case of a siege, according to The Miami Herald. A federal probation officer warned the task force last month that Wilk and former roommate Kelly Ray Jones, who moved from Houston to Miami Beach around 1997, had a cache of weapons at the house. Jones, a registered sex offender, was taken into custody when he walked out of his house in July. But the SWAT unit was not summoned when the task force executed the warrant to search for evidence of child porn, which Wilk and Jones discussed on a monitored phone call after Jones's arrest. Wilk had previously been jailed on charges of conspiracy to possess child porn and witness tampering. A six-member team broke down the front door of Wilk's home. Investigators say Wilk answered with a rifle shot to Fatta's chest and kept firing at Cedeno through a wall as the sergeant took cover. Broward County sheriff Ken Jenne called the shooting an assassination. In court Friday, Wilk said he suffers from AIDS dementia.

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