Man accused of shooting La Crosse police officer enters not-guilty plea

Allen C. Kruk entered a plea of not guilty to attempted homicide after he was accused of shooting La Crosse police officer Dustin Darling.

On August 3, La Crosse Police were dispatched to 317 9th St. S. for a domestic disturbance.

According to the criminal complaint, Kruk was at the back of the home when officers arrived and was asked to get out of the house before shooting Officer Darling once in his bullet proof vest.

Darling in self-defense fired back, hitting Kruk several times.

Darling was taken to a local hospital, but was released the same day.

Kruk spent more than three weeks at a local hospital before being taken to the La Crosse County Jail.

On Sept. 6, Kruk was charged with attempted first degree intentional homicide with the use of a dangerous weapon, theft of a gun and felony bail jumping.

Kruk waived his preliminary hearing Dec. 2.

“I don’t have an objection to you entering that probable cause finding. Is that what you wish to do today?,” Judge Ramona Gonzalez asked to Kruk.

“Yes,” Kruk said in response.

Kruk’s defense attorney Daniel Linehan asked for a signature bond with GPS monitoring and house arrest.

“My client is indigent,” Linehan said. “He has no money now and he’s not likely to in the near future.”

But Gonzalez declined his request.

“I can’t do a GPS and do monitoring if I don’t have a verifiable address,” Gonzalez said.

Kruk’s pre-trial is scheduled for Dec. 27.

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