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Sparta man who allegedly shot La Crosse police officer gets year in jail for meth possession



The man accused of shooting a La Crosse police officer during an arrest last summer is still waiting to be tried in that case. 


Monday, though, Allen Kruk resolved two other criminal cases against him with a plea agreement before Judge Ramona Gonzalez. 

Kruk pled guilty to meth possession, while other related charges were dismissed. 

Kruk was sentenced to spend the next eight months in jail, and his attempted murder trial is expected to happen before this sentence runs out.

The 35-year-old Sparta man said he has “had a hard lesson learned in pain,” after being shot “five times point blank” by Officer Dustin Darling in August.

Darling was wearing a protective vest, and returned fire against Kruk.

Kruk had 13 new criminal charges filed in Monroe County last week, including burglary, theft and criminal trespass. 

Kruk is scheduled to appear in Sparta on those charges on March 2nd.       

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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  1. Tyrone Schara

    April 23, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    Thank u officers!!! That is so awesome.

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