Three men in custody in southside La Crosse shooting

Multiple charges filed after seven-hour standoff

Three men in custody in southside La...

LA CROSSE, Wis. - Three men are in custody awaiting charges after a shooting Wednesday afternoon on the south side of La Crosse.

For the first time in her life, on Thursday evening Sue Peterson heard gunshots.

"Well, I was making supper and all of a sudden I heard these really loud, like, three noises,” Peterson, who lives in the neighborhood, said. "I heard a voice talking to me, saying, 'Ma'am can I get you to go inside?' It was an officer over here with a rifle. I thought, 'Well, something's really going on.'"

Just across the street from Peterson's house, according to the police report, investigators were conducting surveillance at 2612 S. 17th St.

Just after 5:30 p.m. two men, who have been identified as Jonlazaire Burch and Trevongh Martin, approached the building. As the men entered the apartment, gunshots were fired and the men ran from the residence.

Burch suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his leg. Police suspect that he was shot by someone in the home. The report also said Martin was in possession of a handgun and was shooting at the home as he ran away.

Burch was taken to Gundersen Health System, where he is being treated for his injury.

Martin was arrested on a lawn on South Avenue after a short chase by police.

A third suspect, Ontario Lowery, was also caught and arrested at 15th Street and Castle Place.

The fourth man, Damon Taylor, would not leave the home. The police tactical team had to deploy tear gas to enter the home and find Taylor. They also used an mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle.


Taylor was arrested without incident after approximately a seven-hour standoff when the team entered the apartment.

"We were patient, took our time, methodically went through the building and kept our officers and community safe," Sgt. Tom Walsh said.

Investigators obtained a search warrant for the home after receiving a tip about Taylor, who is a featured wanted suspect from a recent La Crosse police Facebook post. Taylor was wanted on a Department of Corrections warrant.

Police are recommending Martin be charged probation hold; Lowery with first-degree recklessly endangering safety as a party to the crime; and Taylor with  first-degree recklessly endangering safety, possession of a firearm by a felon, battery, theft of a firearm, possession of methamphetamine, disorderly conduct, possession of drug paraphernalia and probation hold.

The incident remains under investigation and additional charges are pending.

The La Crosse Police Department was assisted by the La Crosse County Sheriff's Department, the La Crosse Fire Department, Tri-State Ambulance and the La Crosse Emergency Dispatch Center.

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