Prosecutors dropped a case filed against a La Crosse teen charged in an August 2016 shooting on the city’s South Side.
A judge will consider the charge of first-degree recklessly endangering safety with use of a dangerous weapon filed in La Crosse County against Dakota Fair, 19, when he is sentenced May 23 in Vernon County for armed robbery, according to court records.
Fair fired a BB gun at a man outside 1322 S. Fifth Ave. Aug. 28 from the passenger seat of a moving car, according to the complaint filed in La Crosse County Circuit Court. The vehicle returned and stopped in the street before Fair approached on foot. The men argued before Fair fired one shot from a “real gun” as he walked toward Poage Park, the complaint stated.
“(The victim) said he could feel the bullet go past his head,” according to the complaint.
Surveillance video from cameras installed in Poage Park shows a person presumed to be Fair walking toward the victim. The man, armed with a baseball bat, runs toward the man, who ran back toward the car and out of camera view.
He reappears on video in the park pointing a gun toward the victim, according to the complaint.
Police recovered a .40-caliber shell casing in the street.
Milwaukee police arrested Fair about a month later after he discarded a semi-automatic gun inside a backpack while running from officers. A Milwaukee County judge sentenced him to eight months in the House of Corrections with credit for time served and release privileges for work and school.
In the Vernon County case, Fair and two others held a grandmother and three children at gunpoint during a robbery at a rural Westby home in June 2016, according to the complaint. He pleaded guilty to armed robbery.
Co-defendants Ramon Washington, 19, of Onalaska is serving six years in prison and Paris Whittington, 24, of La Crosse is serving 10 years.