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La Crosse man pleads “not guilty” to shooting policeman

Brad Williams



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.