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Names released of those involved police killing of carjacker in La Crosse on Sunday

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Man killed has a criminal record dating back to 1980,
including second degree sexual assault of 14-year-old. 

The man who was killed by police Sunday after an alleged carjacking has been identified. 

Roger Burzinski of Green Bay, stole a Chevy Trailblazer from a woman at Houska Park at gunpoint around 5 p.m. The woman had 1 and 3 year old with her.

The woman and her 3-year-old escaped but the 1-year-old girl was still in the backseat when Burzinski took off.

A chase ensued for several blocks reaching speeds up to 47 miles per hour. The pursuit proceeded east on Adams St. and then north on 8th St., through barricades for a section of road construction, where the road pavement is totally removed.

Burzinksi crashed at the corner of 8th and Johnson. The 54-year-old refused to obey commands from police. As the officers approached, they “observed” Burzinski was in possession of a weapon.

La Crosse officers Stephen Hughes and Andrew Adey both shot and killed Burzinski.

The 1-year-old in the car through the ordeal was unharmed. She was in a car seat when the vehicle crashed.

Burzinski has a criminal record dating back to 1980, including second degree sexual assault of a child. He served four years for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in 1994, according to La Crosse County Circuit Court records.

He has also been convicted of motor vehicle theft, armed robbery – serving 11 years for that – knowingly fleeing an officer and resisting arrest.

Hughes and Adey are both on paid administrative leave pending a review by the state Dept. of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation

Hughes has worked for the La Crosse Police Dept. since October of 2013 and had four years of law enforcement experience prior. Adey has worked for the La Crosse since June of 2012 and was with the Army National Guard for eight years.

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