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Judge turns down bond reduction for man charged with shooting La Crosse policeman

Brad Williams

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Allen Kruk has been denied a reduction in his $50,000 cash bond, again. 

Last August, Kruk and La Crosse police officer Dustin Darling shot each other during a confrontation at Kruk’s ex-girlfriend’s home. 

Darling was wearing a bulletproof vest, while Kruk was treated in a hospital for his injuries weeks after the incident. 

Friday, Judge Ramona Gonzalez said she does not have assurances that the community would be safe if Kruk is released from jail. 

Defense attorney Daniel Linehan asked for a signature bond, so Kruk could get behavioral therapy in the community. 

Linehan says Kruk is unable to get a house or apartment, but he could stay at the Salvation Army or the Warming Center of La Crosse.

The district attorney’s office objected to reduced bond, saying Kruk would have an incentive to flee if he was let out of jail.

Kruk has two other active cases in court, and he will be scheduled for trial in one of those cases.  

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.