A Wisconsin law enforcement officer, who was forced to use deadly force earlier this month, has been cleared by his local District Attorney’s Office.
La Crosse Police Officer Dustin Darling, who returned fire after being shot by felony warrant holder Allen Kruk, was determined to be justified in his use of deadly force against Kruk.
Kruk engaged Darling during a confrontation on August 3, during the altercation Darling began backing away when he saw Kruk pull out a firearm.
Hit in the vest but not deterred, Darling immediately returned fire, striking Kruk.
According to The Journal Times, Kruk was struck and rendered medical aid by other officers after he was restrained.
The District Attorney’s Office concluded that Darling was reasonable in his belief that there was an imminent danger of death or great bodily harm to himself or others, and that shooting Kruk was a justifiable act.
District Attorney Tim Grunke noted that Kruk may be discharged from the hospital as early as this week, and he will be transferred to the La Crosse County Jail for booking.
Officer Darling has been a member or LCPD since 2013 and has been on administrative leave since the shooting.
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