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Kruk reaches plea agreement in shooting of La Crosse policeman

Brad Williams

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Just over a year after shooting at a policeman and being shot in return, a La Crosse man is convicted of attempted murder in the case. 

Allen Kruk entered a ‘no contest’ plea on Tuesday before Judge Ramona Gonzalez, admitting that he did try to kill La Crosse Officer Dustin Darling during a confrontation at the house of Kruk’s ex-wife’s in August of last year.

Darling was not injured, because he was wearing a protective vest. 

Kruk spent time in the hospital after being shot by the officer. 

Other charges against Kruk in La Crosse and Monroe Counties were dismissed as part of the plea agreement. 

The D-A’s office plans to seek a 15-year prison term when Kruk is sentenced at a later date.   

The maximum Kruk could get in the case is 65 years behind bars.

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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