Authorities have identified the six-year La Crosse police officer involved in Saturday’s shooting near Ninth and Cass streets.

What began as a call about a domestic disturbance at 3:15 p.m. on South Ninth Street resulted in a suspect confronting and shooting Officer Dustin Darling, striking the officer’s ballistic vest on the chest, according to the state Division of Criminal Investigation.

Darling returned fire and struck the subject, Allen C. Kruk, according to the DCI.

Dustin Darling


Allen Kruk


“Authorities immediately performed life-saving measures, and both Kruk and Darling were transferred to an area hospital,” according to the DCI.

Darling was treated and released a short time later. Kruk was listed in critical condition Monday.

Darling was hired as a La Crosse police officer in 2013 after four years of service in the Army National Guard. Darling has continued to serve in both the Army and Air National Guard during his tenure at the La Crosse Police Department, authorities said.

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The DCI, with help from the State Patrol, is continuing to investigate and will turn over its findings to the La Crosse County District Attorney.

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(5) comments


This guy should not have been on the streets..but..in lacrosse county..like the county where i live..they dont care about justice. They think all criminals are fixable. In reality..most arent.

Where i live this a hole would get a slap on the hand...promise to beba good boy and given a free xbox leaving the courtroom

Tommy Duncan

Dustin Darling deserves our thanks for putting his life on the line for the citizens of La Crosse.

Rick Czeczok



Agreed--he's a hero, like 99.8% of all other police officers.


Well, well, where you been the last couple of weeks?

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