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Charges filed in La Crosse shooting and drug cases

Brad Williams

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Charges have now been filed against several people arrested in La Crosse County this week. 

Ellis “Poochie” Wilson is accused of attempted murder and bail jumping, for the shooting of Justin Tillman on May 7th. 

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Tillman has been hospitalized in intensive care, with a bullet wound near his spine, and he may be paralyzed. 

Wilson is suspected of shooting Tillman outside a house on 5th Avenue South, following an argument. 

Police say Brenda Jackson, better known as “Peaches,” was at the scene of the shooting, and said she tried to wrestle the gun away from Wilson.

The DA’s office also is charging three people with drug possession and trafficking. 

Brothers Derrick and Darren Engen and Rachel Brockway were arrested Tuesday after a police search of their home on Stoddard Street. 

The arrests followed information that somebody allegedly stole guns in Juneau County, and brought them to La Crosse to be exchanged for drugs.   

Police believe the suspects gave drugs to customers from out of town, in exchange for stolen guns and bicycles.  

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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