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Bond is $50,000 cash for man who shot La Crosse officer

Brad Williams

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Allen Kruk, seated in wheelchair, appears before a La Crosse judge on Thursday

He’s in a wheelchair, has a full cast on his arm and his jaw is wired shut.

Kruk

Shooting suspect Allen Kruk doesn’t seem ready to go anywhere, after appearing before a La Crosse judge Thursday.

Judge Scott Horne isn’t taking chances, either, as Kruk is accused of shooting La Crosse policeman Dustin Darling back on Aug. 3.

Horne granted a prosecution request for $50,000 cash bond and set Kruk’s next court appearance for Sept. 6.

Kruk fired at Darling, hitting him in the chest — the officer had a bulletproof vest on — during a confrontation. Kruk was shot several times in return.

Kruk was in the hospital until being taken to jail Wednesday.

Horne suggested that a higher cash bond might even be justified.

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.