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La Crosse homicide suspect arrested in Illinois

Kaitlyn Riley

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A suspect wanted by the La Crosse Police Department since a shooting incident in March of 2019 as well as a fatal shooting in November was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service in Peoria, Ill.

Shavonte Thompson

Shavonte T. Thompson, 27, was taken into custody Friday. The Marshal Service and Illinois Police Department were conducting surveillance on a residence because of information that indicated Thompson was there. According to the Marshal Service, Thompson tried to flee out the window as they attempted to make contact.

Thompson is currently being held in the Peoria County Jail.

In November, charges were filed against Thompson for the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Javier Hall Nov. 2.

Hall was found shot in an alley area near Copeland Avenue late at night, and he died a short time later at a hospital. An arrest warrant called for Thompson to be jailed on a $1 million bond once he was captured. 

Thompson has two previous felony charges on his record in Wisconsin. He pleaded guilty to an attempted armed robbery in 2009 and to another robbery charge the following year. 

Police also investigated Thompson in 2015 to see if he was connected to a series of La Crosse shootings which ended with the murder of a Central High School student.

Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.

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