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DA: La Crosse officer who shot suspect won’t be charged

August 27, 2019

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — A prosecutor says a La Crosse police officer won’t be charged for shooting and wounding a suspect who shot the officer earlier this month.

La Crosse County District Attorney Tim Gruenke said Tuesday his office determined that Officer Dustin Darling acted in self-defense.

Darling shot suspect Allen Kruk after police responded to a domestic disturbance on Aug. 3.

Darling said he saw a handgun in Kruk’s right hand. As the suspect pointed the muzzle at the officer, Darling backed up and began to shoot Kruk. Darling was shot in the chest but survived thanks to his bulletproof vest.

Kruk survived his injuries. The La Crosse Tribune reports he remains hospitalized. Darling has been on administrative leave.

The Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation investigated the shooting.

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