Man accused in deadly altercation at La Crosse Menards booked in jail on homicide charge

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT)- The man accused in a deadly altercation in the parking lot of the  La Crosse Menard’s store was booked Tuesday night in the La Crosse County Jail.

According to online records, Matthew L. Kinstler, 50, of La Crosse is facing a 1st Degree Reckless Homicide charge.

The altercation happened Friday afternoon.

According to the police department’s initial investigation, Kinstler was apparently upset with 79- year-old Russell Paulson because he felt Paulson had parked too closely to his car.

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It started with the two exchanging words, but quickly escalated into a physical altercation.

Paulson was taken to Mayo Clinic Health System and later died from of his injuries.

At the time of the incident, Kinstler was arrested and referred on charges of Substantial Battery and Disorderly Conduct, but that was before Paulson had passed away.

Court records show Kinstler is currently being held without bond.

* This article has been updated to show a change in the charge Matthew L. Kinstler is facing. It was originally reported as a 2nd Degree Homicide charge. District Attorney Tim Gruenke confirmed with News 8 this morning that Kinstler was booked on a 1st Degree Reckless Homicide charge.