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La Crosse cop won’t be charged for shooting at drug suspect



Investigator James Mancuso fired four times at a drug suspect speeding toward him in a car.

The district attorney says Mancuso was justified in shooting at Brandon Ritter during a drug investigation in Holmen last month. 

A report on Mancuso’s actions concludes that it was reasonable for him to shoot as Ritter’s car sped toward him in a supermarket parking lot. 

Mancuso said he fired four shots before being struck by the car, but did not shoot again after he was propelled onto the hood of the moving car. 

No one was hurt by the gunfire. 

Ritter is charged with battery to an officer, and endangering safety.


A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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