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Suspect in La Crosse police shooting withdraws guilty plea in meth case

Brad Williams

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Just three months after pleading guilty to a meth crime in La Crosse County, Allen Kruk has withdrawn that plea. 

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Kruk is the La Crosse man accused of shooting a city policeman during a domestic incident last August, and is scheduled to go on trial for attempted murder this summer. 

The meth arrest happened less than a month before the gun incident, in which Officer Dustin Darling returned fire and shot Kruk five times. 

Darling was wearing a protective vest during the confrontation with Kruk, who has been jailed ever since being released from the hospital.

Kruk has been serving an eight-month jail sentence for the drug possession charge.

He also faces charges in Monroe County for burglary, theft, and other crimes.    

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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