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UPDATE: Suspects identified in officer involved shooting in Houston County

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Two 19-year-olds were arrested after a high-speed chase and shoot-out with La Crescent Police early July 31.

According to a criminal complaint, Wyatt R. Helfrich, 19,  is being charged with two counts of Assault in the First Degree - Use of deadly force against peace officer/prosecutor/judge or correction - Felony, two counts of Assault in the Second Degree - Dangerous Weapon - Felony and one count of Fleeing a Peace Officer in a Motor Vehicle - Felony.

The other suspect identified in court records as William G. Wallraff, 19, was taken to the Houston County Adult Detention Center.

PREVIOUS: The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension release an update on the investigation of the officer involved shooting in Houston County.

Two La Crescent police officers observed two men behaving suspiciously at the Kwik Trip on South 3rd Street in La Crescent around 1:30 a.m. Monday, the release said.

Officers followed the men after they left the gas station and pulled them over at Highway 44 and Highway 16 in Hokah. During the stop, officers were shot at and then returned fire.

The men fled at a high rate of speed and and officers pursued them until it ended when the suspects car crashed into a bean field near Highway 44 and Carpenter Road in Caledonia. The men ran from their vehicle into the field, but eventually surrendered, according to the release.

One of the men was injured during the incident and was taken by ambulance to Gundersen Medical Center, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries and released. He has been booked into the La Crosse County Jail on probable cause attempted murder, the release said.

The uninjured suspect is in the Houston County Jail on probable cause attempted murder with charges expected within the next few days.

No officers were injured and both are on standard administrative leave, according to the release.

The La Crescent Police Department does not use body cameras, but squad cameras did capture the shooting incident.

The investigation will continue with the BCA and when it is complete, all findings will be turned over to the Houston County Attorney's Office for review, the release said.


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