Felon arrested with gun after shots fired on La Crosse’s South Side

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — A La Crosse man previously convicted of dealing drugs was arrested Wednesday with a gun after police responded to a call of shots being fired on the city’s South Side, according to authorities.

The La Crosse Police Department responded to a report of shots fired at 9:27 p.m. Wednesday at 1020 Fifth Avenue South after someone reported a possible fight in the backyard.

Upon arrival, police found no one was injured, but spent shell casings were found in the backyard.

Investigators were able to locate a vehicle associated with the incident, they say, and pull over the driver. A firearm was located within the vehicle and Tyrone J. Johnson, 24, was arrested on charges of first-degree reckless endangerment, felon in possession of a firearm, misdemeanor battery, intimidating a witness, two counts of felony bail jumping and misdemeanor bail jumping, according to the police department.

Johnson was previously convicted of felony delivery of a non-narcotic drugs in 2016. He was out on bond for charges of substantial battery intending bodily harm after a fight in downtown last July, according to court records.

Police say it’s the third shooting in the city in the past week. Last Friday, officers responded to a shooting on the 600 block of Rose Street, where several shots were fired into a residence; however no one was injured. On Sunday, a person suffered nonlife-threatening injuries after being struck by a round in the area of 1000 Fourth Street South.

It is unknown if these shootings are related at this time. Police continue to investigate these incidents and ask anyone with information to contact the La Crosse Area Crime Stoppers at 608-784-TIPS or submit online at https://www.p3tips.com/459. You can also download the Crime Stoppers App “P3” to submit a tip via your phone.