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La Crosse man pleads guilty, gets prison sentence for shooting at police, after allegedly trying to steal car



Curtis Ross (PHOTO: La Crosse County jail)

A La Crosse man was sentenced Tuesday to 2.5 years in prison for shooting at a police officer in 2022.

Curtis Ross pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge of recklessly endangering safety. He was sentenced to prison, followed by three years on extended supervision. Other charges were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

In February of 2022, police suspected Ross of stealing a car downtown around 1:30 a.m., and ditching it near UW-La Crosse. When officers spotted Ross in the campus area, he reportedly fired at one policeman — who was about 25 yards away — and tried to run.

Nobody was hurt by the shot.

Ross was arrested without further incident, while hiding near a car.

He is eligible for credit for 749 days spent in jail since his arrest.

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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