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Suspect named in shooting of La Crosse Police officer

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – La Crosse Police release the name of the man who is accused of shooting an officer Saturday afternoon.

Officers were called to 317 9th Street South for a domestic disturbance complaint. As they were headed to the call, they were told by dispatch that Allen C. Kruk, 34, the ex-husband of the complaintant, was at the back door of the residence. He had an active felony warrant for his arrest.

When one of the officers arrived and made contact, Kruk pulled out a handgun and fired at the officer. The officer was hit by one round in the chest area which was stopped by the officer’s ballistic vest.

The officer, who has not been identified, returned fire and hit Kruk several times.

Both were taken to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries. The officer was later released from the hospital according to police.

Kruk remains in the hospital receiving treatment for his gunshot wounds. His condition isn’t being released.

La Crosse Police, based on their protocol in shooting incidents, has the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigations take over as the lead agency looking into the incident.

The La Crosse County Sheriff’s Office is also assisting with the investigation.

The report on the shooting, when complete, will go to the La Crosse County District Attorney’s Office.

While the investigation is ongoing, the officer involved is now on administrative leave.

Below is a briefing given by La Crosse Police Captain Jason Melby regarding the shooting.


Kevin Millard

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