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Gunfire outside La Crosse bar leads to charges

Brad Williams



An argument in a La Crosse bar led to gunfire this past weekend.  Nobody was hurt, but the Onalaska man accused of firing a handgun outside the Arterial Tavern is now in jail. 

Police say 32-year-old Taylor Johnson reportedly showed the gun to other men inside the bar early on Sunday. 

Security video showed Johnson firing several shots in the bar parking lot, either aiming across 16th Street or into the air. 

He rode away as a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped by police, and he was found to be legally drunk.  The gun was found in that vehicle.

Johnson’s bond has been set at $1000 cash, and he’s been ordered to stay away from firearms, and from the tavern.  


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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