LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – The suspect in the weekend shooting of a La Crosse Police officer remains hospitalized for treatment of his wounds after the officer returned fire.
The officer, who hasn’t been identified yet, was struck by one of the shots fired from a handgun from Allen C. Kruk Saturday afternoon.
Officers were responding to a domestic call around 3:15 p.m. at 317 9th Street South. The officer came upon Kruk in the backyard of the residence. Kruk pulled the handgun and began shooting at the officer.
The officer was struck by one bullet in the chest area. His ballistic vest stopped the round.
Returning fire, Kruk was hit several times by the officer. Both were taken to a local hospital for treatment.
The officer was treated and released a short time later.
On Monday, Captain Jason Melby said that Kruk is still in the hospital in critical condition.
The officer remains on administrative leave as the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation looks into the shooting. Bringing in an outside agency to investigate shooting incidents is department protocol.
Ultimately, the report generated by the DCI will go to the La Crosse County District Attorney’s office for review on any possible charges.