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UPDATE: Police were watching building when shooting occurred

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Police officers and vehicles around the A&W on South Avenue Wednesday evening. Police officers and vehicles around the A&W on South Avenue Wednesday evening.
Police shine a spotlight on a window where a suspect in a shooting earlier today is in a standoff with police. Police shine a spotlight on a window where a suspect in a shooting earlier today is in a standoff with police.
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UPDATE: La Crosse Police officers were watching the building at the time a shooting occurred Wednesday afternoon.

In a statement from police, at the time of the incident, La Crosse Police investigators were conducting surveillance on an apartment building at 2612 South 17th Street Wednesday afternoon. 

The statement said they had information that Damon Taylor, who was wanted on a Department of Corrections warrant, was inside the residence. Based on the information, investigators got a search warrant for the building. They also requested the department's Emergency Response Team (ERT) for assistance in serving the search warrant. 

As investigators waited for the team to arrive, they saw two people come to the residence. They were later identified as Jonlazaire Burch and Trevongh Martin. At 5:38 p.m. as they entered, shots were fired. Burch, who was wounded in the leg, along with Martin, both ran from the scene. Police believe that a person in the building shot Burch. 

More shots were fired by Martin as he was running from the area. 

One person in the area at the time told WXOW that they heard five shots.

Burch was able to get to the corner of 16th and South Avenue where he was found by authorities. A short time later he was taken by Tri-State Ambulance to Gundersen Health System for his injuries. 

Martin was arrested in the yard of a home in the 2800 block of South Avenue. 

The person who was renting the apartment where the shooting happened, Ontario Lowery, also ran from the scene. He was arrested across South Avenue at 15th and Castle Place.

The fourth suspect, Damon Taylor, stayed in the residence which led to a standoff with police. The immediate area around the building was surrounded by authorities. Traffic along South Avenue was blocked as well as several side streets in the vicinity.

The standoff lasted more than six hours before ending at 12:20 a.m. Thursday morning. During the standoff, the statement said Taylor exhibited erratic behavior. Officers, using their MRAP vehicle, tried to communicate with Taylor. They also broke out several windows on the second floor during the evening. Much of the time, the vehicle was parked below the window where the suspect was hiding.

Around 11:30 p.m., about a dozen loud bangs were heard in the building.  The statement said that the LCPD tactical team deployed tear gas in an attempt to get Taylor to surrender. 

One officer was seen throwing a device from the MRAP vehicle into the second floor apartment where Taylor was located.

A short time later, the tactical team went inside the building, found Taylor, and arrested him without incident. 

At this time, Taylor is in the La Crosse County Jail on charges of 1st Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm by a felon, battery, disorderly conduct, possession of drug paraphernalia, and a probation hold. 

Lowery is jailed on a charge of Party to the Crime of 1st Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety.

Martin is also in the La Crosse County Jail on a probation hold. 

Police said in the statement that additional charges are pending as the investigation unfolds. 

Court appearances are expected for the suspects on Friday. 


UPDATE: La Crosse police have four people in custody in connection with the Wednesday night shooting in South Side La Crosse.

The names of two of the four people have been released. They are identified as La Crosse residents Damon Taylor, 35, and Ontario Lowery, 37. 

Damon Taylor will appear in court today at 1:30 p.m. 

He is currently in the La Crosse County Jail on charges of 1st Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm by a felon. 

Lowery is held on a 1st Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety charge.

La Crosse Police are scheduled to release more information early Thursday afternoon. 


A standoff between La Crosse Police and the suspect in a shooting ended early Thursday morning.

Shortly before 12:20 a.m., officers took the suspect into custody according to La Crosse Police Sgt. Tom Walsh.

Details of the arrest weren't immediately available.

Sgt. Walsh said that there is no danger to the public at this point. 

He said that investigators can now begin their work to determine what happened at the building in the 2600 block of 17th Street that led to the shooting around 5:48 p.m. The building is located directly behind the A&W restaurant. 

According to Tri-State Ambulance, one person was wounded in the leg. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. That person is also considered a suspect in the case. Two other people were also arrested after the shooting. 

One person who was down the street from the building told WXOW he heard five shots at the time. 

Around 11:30 p.m., about a dozen loud bangs were heard around the scene where a fourth suspect in a shooting was in a standoff with police. 

One officer was seen throwing a device into the second floor apartment where the suspect is believed to be holed up. The officer was using the department's MRAP tactical vehicle, which has been at the standoff since shortly after the shooting. Much of the time, the vehicle was parked below the window where the suspect was hiding.

An officer used a loudspeaker several times to try to communicate with the suspect in an effort to get him to surrender. 

Due to the standoff, several streets around the scene were blocked off. Traffic was blocked along South Avenue from Ward Avenue down to Thompson Street. The road reopened to traffic about 12:45 a.m.

More information on the shooting and standoff is expected sometime Thursday according to Sgt. Walsh.

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