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A La Crosse man on probation for drug offenses is in custody after striking an officer with his vehicle during a drug bust Thursday night.

According to the Holmen Police Department, officers from multiple agencies attempted to arrest the man, since identified as 24-year-old Brandon Ritter, in the parking lot of Festival Foods as part of an ongoing drug investigation.

Ritter attempted to flee in his vehicle, striking a La Crosse Police investigator who in turn fired several shots at the vehicle. Ritter, who was not hit, was arrested after his vehicle ran into a snowbank.

Authorities did not identify the officer, who sustained minor injuries when he was struck. He was taken to a local hospital where he was treated and released.

Ritter is being held in the La Crosse County Jail pending charges of first-degree reckless endangerment, battery to police, delivery of methamphetamine and a probation violation.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, Ritter has been on community supervision since his release from prison in February. He has felony convictions for burglary, bail jumping and possession of methamphetamine.

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BBkitten50

So instead of making a bunch of snide comments here, why don't those who believe this to be true, gather up the facts and present them properly to the correct department and SEE that it doesn't happen again!!!

IDK if she has or hasn't or what ever else; I'D always thought she was a good person - maybe she needs the facts placed clearly and respectfully before her eyes..........

lutefisk

if you use your car as a weapon. deadly force is allowed. too bad the cop is a terrible shot

Jobaba

Some states have laws against that.

badboy

You also need to be keenly aware of what is behind your target. Where in that area can a person discharge a firearm without risking harm to bystanders or cars on the hwy?

badboy

I am curious about the shots that were fired. Was it really necessary? Seems like the Festival Foods area is not a place I would want anyone firing a gun. "Trained" professional or not. There certainly are guidelines for when to use deadly force or fire the service "revolver" (probably a Glock semi...). Shooting at a fleeing car only works in the movies.

backtoreality

When a drug dealer tries to run over a police officer during a bust, they should be shot. I am sorry he missed. A glock against a 2 ton car.... hmmmm are you crazy?

badboy

Where in that area can a person discharge a firearm without risking harm to bystanders or cars on the hwy?

BBkitten50

Perhaps his intention was to hit a tire. who knows - or even just to potentially distract/startle him to make him stop suddenly or make a stupid move that would get him caught..... IDK - js Is ANY use of a gun considered deadly force? I guess IDK that either. [unsure]

Bullflap

It is a shame that our judicial system doesn't realize the implications that drugs has on the local cities and their residents. Drugs are destroying both the residents and the cities infrastructure. There must be severe consequences for dealing drugs and stiff sentences for being in possession of them. Nothing else will alleviate the issue despite the judicial staunch stand that it will. The time has come to face the realities that the impact of drug distribution and use has on the local area....we can not continue to look at the issue through rose tinted glasses and instead have to see it as it really is, a catalyst for societal degradation.

kingman10

heard bullflap idea fifty years ago about incarcerating drug users and dealers with severe sentences. And many drug crime sentences were increased, but the only thing that came about was crowded jails and a new industry of private prisons. It did not help with the drug problem, in fact it made it worse and cost the taxpayers boat loads of money, still does. The "war on drugs" of the last forty or more years has been an expensive flop. This get tougher mentality never worked. So what to do, what works, how do we clean up this mess? It is a fact that many drug users to start out abusing prescription drugs. We are a drug culture for sure. Perhaps that is the place to start, limiting Rx opioids somehow.

kingman10

I agree with the assertion that this young man needs a good stiff sentence. but there is a bigger question society needs to ask itself and that is how do we get a handle on this drug problem we have. Yes lock em up and throw away the key sounds good and simple, but it is very costly and a waste of potential. I don't know the answers to this problem but somehow we must reverse this scourge on society. I do believe addiction is a disease, and that treating it will just imprisonment does not solve the problem, more needs to be done. How do we get these addicts, including alcoholics and drug pushers to become contributing members of society rather than a plague? Would love to hear some thoughts, not just sound bites on this subject.

BBkitten50

So would I! Unless we intend to keep them in prison their entire lives, they are not getting any sort of rehabilitation that way. HEY! What about Sheriff Joe or whatever the heck his name is down in TX? I bet HE'D know what to do with 'em!

And BTW, let's not forget these are someone's children, parents, friends, ETC., not just some plague let loose from Hell or something. They are human beings. YES, human beings who are spitting on their own rights as humans - deserving of losing those rights, but STILL HUMANS! Where's the balance?

If they're going to be imprisoned, they should be using the funding they get on REHABILITATION instead of entertainment and work out equipment, TV, working out, buying things from within or without; ANY such positive activities should be EARNED privileges - and not easily earned either!

If the punishment does not hurt more than the crime, why should they ever stop being criminals! [angry]

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james know better

Ritter has a hit and run on his rap sheet already. Ramona will set him free again.

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capedcrusader

You are another know nothing clown. The ignorance shows up with every post. She's a good Judge and a good person. You and Montee should go back to school.

Jobaba

Where's the video?

Monteee

Fear not, La Crosse County residents! Ramona will have this fine young man out in the streets in no time!

capedcrusader

Don't you ever get tired of spewing the same old BS? She's a good Judge and a good person. Get over yourself.

james know better

check his CCAP file....she already did in 2014. She put this guy back out on the streets. Merry Christmas Ramona

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CLS

Can we please start handing out some serious sentences for METH convictions. . . These guys are getting off with less than pot dealers are. METH is a serious drug that causes serious damage and destruction. Make the consequences as serious as the crime. . . its sickening! All these Breaking Bad imitators are getting off with a slap on the wrist and once they are down the rabbit hole, they are just going to jump back in!

you think you know

Always amazed the type of record these people can have being that young. Hope this dirtbag sits in prison for a long time. Last night demonstrated that he puts more value on the drugs than other peoples lives.

Good riddance bum, hope you get a real nice cell mate.

james know better

This guy's list on CCAP is very revealing. Begs the question...what does a guy have to do to go to prison in this town?

LuckyLife

How's that "community supervision" working for this felon? Oh - its not? Big shock! Thankfully the officer is OK, and no one from the Holmen community was injured. When are the judges of this county going to give up the bleeding heart philosopy and keep the rest of us safe? This kid has no regard for anyone else. You know how you deal with his drug problem? Lock him up!

BBkitten50

[sad] Sadly, that is only a small piece of the puzzle, but it should surely be a major one! GET THEM OFF THE STREETS so they cannot continue selling to our friends, family, neighbors, etc!

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