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Suspect charged in fatal shooting

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The suspect in the shooting on the south side of La Crosse last Friday is now charged with homicide.

Deshawn Randall now faces one count of First Degree Intentional Homicide in the shooting death of George Miller.

The criminal complaint filed said witnesses saw Randall fire a shot at Miller as he sat in a car in front of 1315/1317 Redfield Street around 10 a.m. August 21.

According to one witness, as she came outside from grabbing some belongings in her home, she saw Miller and a group of four individuals standing across the street from 1315 Redfield. She identified one of the individuals as Deshawn Randall.

She then said an argument ensued, and when she thought it was over, Miller walked back over to the car. The witness said she got in the backseat and another girl got into the drivers seat.

When the driver stepped out of the car to take a phone call, the witness told investigators Randall approached Miller at his passenger side window. She said she saw Randall flash a silver handgun in his waistband. Soon after, she said Randall fired one shot and it hit Miller in the side. She said he then got out of the car and was yelling and crying saying he was having a hard time breathing.

After firing one shot, the witness said she believed Randall's gun jammed, as he had his left hand over the gun.

The complaint said that both Miller and Randall ran from the scene. Miller collapsed in a yard at 14th and Redfield, only to run from the scene when Randall returned. 

The complaint stated a worker at nearby Badger Corrugating off of Green Bay Street told investigators that he saw one person run behind a truck, followed by a second person. The worker then said he heard four or five shots fired. The worker then saw the second man run from the scene.

Arriving officers found George Miller at the company. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police also spoke to an individual believed to be living at 918 Denton St.,Apt.5 where Randall was eventually taken into custody by police.

That individual said she had known Randall for a year and half and she did not remember the last time she saw him. She said when she arrived home from work Friday at 3:30 p.m., her apartment door was blocked by a chair on the other side.

When she eventually pushed her way in, she said she saw Randall come into the living room and asked her to check on a car outside he believed to be police. 

Police attempted to make contact with Randall during an ensuing five hour standoff.

The Emergency Response Team broke a window in an attempt to communicate with Randall via a throw-phone, but it was unsuccessful. Later, the ERT used an explosive breach to blow the door off the apartment. A robot was then used to clear the apartment and Randall surrendered shortly after.

The complaint also gives details of what followed when investigators talked to Randall after his arrest. At one point, the complaint said that "when asked if he wanted police to contact any family for him, he responded, "No, I bet I'll be out tomorrow."

During Thursday's hearing, Judge Scott Horne continued the $1 million cash bond set on Monday for Randall.

Two additional charges were filed against Randall Thursday. He is charged with driving a stolen vehicle and fleeing from police on June 30. 

The criminal complaint also gave details into some of the shooting incidents that happened the week before. 

According to the criminal complaint, Randall told investigators he was in the area of 5th and Mississippi on Friday, August 14, during the first of five shots fired incidents that weekend.

The complaint also said Randall claims Miller and Paul Thomas Jr., one of two people wounded by gunfire that weekend, were in the area as well and fired shots at him. 

No charges have been filed in any of the five shots fired incidents over the weekend of August 14 through August 16.

No date was set today for Randall's next court appearance. 


The man in custody for last week's fatal shooting on the south side of La Crosse is scheduled for a court appearance Thursday afternoon.

18-year-old Deshawn Randall has remained in custody since his arrest Friday night on a charge of First Degree Intentional Homicide in the shooting death of George Miller earlier that day. At today's court appearance he is expected to be formally charged in the shooting. 

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He made a court appearance Monday in La Crosse County Circuit Court for a bond hearing. Court Commissioner Marvin Davis set bond at $1 million cash for Randall. During the hearing, District Attorney Tim Gruenke asked for a delay in filing formal charges until Thursday to finish looking at police reports and evidence related to the shooting at 13th and Redfield streets. Gruenke said Monday that Randall is also a suspect in a string of shootings the weekend before.

Randall is also being held on charges related to an incident two days before the fatal shooting where he is accused of threatening and pointing a handgun at two women.

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WXOW will have a crew at the court appearance. We'll bring you more information on the hearing on, Live at Five, and the 6pm Report.

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