Officials said her father, Antonio Torres, 40, of Zion, Ill., took her by force following an altercation at the Kenosha home of the girl's mother around 11 a.m. Torres was fatally shot by a Walworth County official.
Police said Torres had a shotgun with him in the vehicle and may have had other weapons.
Torres has a criminal history. "In 1998, he was charged with battery, false imprisonment and kidnapping. He went to prison for those," said one Kenosha police official.
"This is a tragic ending, but it's a tremendous feeling that the child is safe because we truly believe he was going to kill that kid," said one officer. "Every sign was there."