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La Crosse man pleads “not guilty” to shooting policeman



FILE - Police at the scene after Allen Kruk allegedly exchanged fire with officers on August 3, 2019.

A La Crosse man pleads not guilty to shooting a city police officer during a confrontation last August. 


Allen Kruk will be scheduled for a trial on a reckless endangerment charge. 

Kruk is accused of shooting La Crosse Officer Dustin Darling during a domestic disturbance at the 9th Street home of Kruk’s ex-wife.

La Crosse Police released body-cam footage of the incident:

Darling was wearing a bulletproof vest, and he returned fire, wounding Kruk. 

Judge Ramona Gonzalez says she won’t reduce the $50,000 cash bond keeping Kruk in jail, but says she could rule differently if Kruk gets a permanent address in the area.

Kruk’s attorney Daniel Linehan wants his client released from jail on a signature bond, saying that Kruk has no money to post bail, and is not likely to have any soon. 

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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