LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – The man accused of shooting a La Crosse Police officer earlier this year pleads not guilty to the crime.
Allen Kruk is accused of attempted 1st-Degree Intentional Homicide in the shooting of Officer Dustin Darling as he responded to a domestic disturbance complaint on August 3.
Officer Darling fired back, seriously wounding Kruk. The La Crosse County District Attorney’s Office said Darling’s actions in the incident were justified as reasonable acts of self-defense.
During Monday’s court hearing, Kruk waived his right to a preliminary hearing and entered a not guilty plea to the charges against him.
Kruk is also accused of theft for stealing the gun used in the shooting along with a felony bail jumping charge.
Kruk and his attorney also asked for a lower bond during the hearing.
Judge Ramona Gonzalez declined to do so, but said that she would revisit the issue during Kruk’s next court appearance later in December. Until then, Kruk remains in the La Crosse County Jail on a $50,000 cash bond.