LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – A six-year veteran of the La Crosse Police Department is named as the officer wounded in a shooting with a domestic disturbance suspect.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation said that Officer Dustin Darling was hit by one round fired from a handgun used by suspect Allen Kruk.
Officer Darling was responding to a domestic disturbance at 317 9th Street South Saturday afternoon shortly after 3 p.m. When he arrived, he found Kruk in the backyard of the residence. Police said that Kruk pulled a handgun and began firing at Darling. One round struck the officer’s ballistic vest. Officer Darling returned fire, striking Kruk several times.
Both Darling and Kruk were transported to a La Crosse hospital. Darling was treated and released a later Saturday afternoon.
At last report, Kruk was in critical condition recovering from his wounds.
In a statement from the DCI, it said that Officer Darling began his career at the La Crosse Police Department in 2013 after serving four years in the Army National Guard. He continues to serve in both the Army and Air National Guard.
Darling remains on administrative leave while the DCI investigation into the shooting continues.
Once the investigation is complete, the DCI report will be forwarded to the La Crosse County District Attorney’s Office for review.