VIDEO: Gunman Shoots Cop At Point-Blank Range, Loses Gunfight

La Crosse Police Officer Dustin Darling was hit in the ballistic vest by one of the gunman's bullets.

La Crosse, WI – Police have released bodycam footage that captured the moment a wanted suspect shot a La Crosse police officer at point-blank range (video below).

The gunfight occurred at approximately 3:15 p.m. on Aug. 3, after La Crosse Police Officer Dustin Darling received a report of a domestic disturbance at his ex-wife's house at 317 South Ninth Street, the La Crosse Tribune reported.

The gunman, later identified as 34-year-old Allen Kruk, had a felony warrant for his arrest at the time of the incident, according to The Wisconsin State Journal.

Bodycam footage showed Officer Darling as he made contact with Kruk at the residence.

According to an investigation completed by the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation (WDCI), Kruk immediately began to pull away when the officer grabbed onto his left arm, The Wisconsin State Journal reported.

The suspect then turned toward Officer Darling and raised the handgun he had gripped in his right hand, the video showed.

The gunman pointed the weapon at the officer, who immediately began backing away from his attacker.

Officer Darling was hit in the ballistic vest in chest area during the shootout that ensued, The Wisconsin State Journal reported.

He also opened fire, wounding the suspect.

“I’m hit! I’m hit!” the officer said over the radio, as he sought cover on the back side of a nearby building, the video showed. “He’s inside – there are children in the house.”

Officer Darling later told investigators that he believed his life was in danger during the encounter, and that he was also concerned about the risk Kruk posed to additional officers arriving at the scene, the children inside the home, as well as for the safety of Kruk’s ex-wife, The Wisconsin State Journal reported.

Officer Darling was rushed to a local hospital, where he was treated and released for the injuries he suffered during the altercation, the La Crosse Police Department said in a press release.

“The La Crosse Police Department is happy to report that Officer Darling is doing well and healing up from the injury caused by the gun shot to his ballistic vest,” the department added.

Kruk was taken into custody, and was rushed to a local hospital for treatment of his gunshot wounds, The Wisconsin State Journal reported.

La Crosse District Attorney Tim Grunke said that Krunk will be booked into the La Crosse County Jail as soon as he is released from the hospital, which could occur as early as this week.

On Tuesday, Grunke’s office announced that Officer Darling’s use of deadly force during the encounter was justified, and said that the six-year veteran-of-the-force acted in self-defense, The Wisconsin State Journal reported.

The district attorney also determined that Kruk presented an imminent danger of bodily harm or death to the officer and others at the time of the shooting.

Kruk has a history of recent arrests, including charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, illegally obtaining prescriptions, and possession of methamphetamine, the La Crosse Tribune reported.

On July 11, he was arrested for felony bail jumping and possession of methamphetamine, but was again released on bond.

The warrant for his arrest was issued on July 25, after Kruk failed to show up at court.

Officer Darling has been placed on administrative leave, as per department protocol, The Wisconsin State Journal reported.

You can watch bodycam footage of Officer Darling’s encounter with Kruk in the video below:

Comments (13)
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flybynight
flybynight

So the worthless punk lived? That is a shame ☹️

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Glad the officer is ok. This guys needs to die. The lady..... ridiculous, get out of the way at least. Whining like a bitch when you get shot after point a gun at the officer.

redpill
redpill

I read the entire article wondering why a perp (Kruk) was at the cop's ex-wife's house...????

"..after La Crosse Police Officer Dustin Darling received a report of a domestic disturbance at his ex-wife's house at 317 South Ninth Street, the La Crosse Tribune reported."

Not until several paragraphs later when it says "Kruk's ex-wife" did it finally make sense.

Hannibal
Hannibal

When you move that problem out of the basement but he takes up residence in your tackle shed. This lady obviously had a real pyscho living on her property. Willing to shoot it out with the cops. Crazy. Thank you men and women in blue!

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Man those cheesehead judges better get a grip on their felons! The guy is arrested for jumping bail and they let him bail out again? I'll bet that gun is registered to his ex wife, which makes her subject to arrest as well. Kids in the house? Sounds like she needs a visit from DCFS.

flybynight
flybynight

Well look who's come out from his section 8 housing crawl space. 🙄

AndyD1134
AndyD1134

Why in the fuck would you let someone out on bond, when they were charged with Jumping Bail? Who is making these decisions? Whoever it is, deserves to be charged too!!! Just like these asshole corrections officers who refuse to let I.C.E. know when a violent illegal alien is being released, and goes and kills more people! Are you happy that people are dying? Do you feel good about yourself when innocent people die for your actions? What the hell is wrong with you people?

The express
The express

I would like to bet anyone. My bet is. You will not see any protesters in the streets over this guy because he was white. Now, what does that tell you? Is it that white people don't care? Or are we just too smart and know he was a POS who got what was coming to hm?

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

That is some incredible bravery and composure demonstrated by Officer Darling after being shot. Respect.