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UPDATE: $800K bail for La Crescent shooting suspect; Other waives extradition

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"Are you ready for this?," said Wyatt Helfrich moments before he fired at a La Crescent Police officer Monday morning.

That detail was part of the probable cause statement filed against 19-year-old William Wallraff of Kellogg, Minnesota, Wednesday morning in Houston County Court. 

Wallraff and 19-year-old Wyatt Helfrich face charges of two counts of Attempted Murder-1st Degree, four counts of assault, and fleeing. 

Unconditional bail was set at $800,000 for Wallraff. He'll return to court next week.

The two men are accused of shooting at two La Crescent Police officers during a traffic stop south of La Crescent early Monday morning. 

The probable cause statement said that as Officer Ryan Quanrud approached the car, Helfrich, the driver, leaned over and shot at the officer. 

Officer Quanrud and Officer Christopher Frick both returned fire. Helfrich sped off, which led to a chase that reached speeds of 100 mph through Hokah and towards Caledonia on Highway 44. 

During the chase, the statement said that Wallraff 'shot multiple rounds' at the lead squad car. 

Other officers used stop sticks that led to Helfrich crashing the car into a field near Sanden Road. The two men fled into a corn field only to surrender a short time later. 

Officers found a shotgun, rifle, and ammunition in the field.

None of the officers involved were hurt in the shooting or chase. Helfrich was taken to Gundersen Health System in La Crosse for wounds to the neck suffered during the incident. 

Wednesday afternoon, he made a court appearance in a La Crosse County courtroom. He was jailed in La Crosse County following treatment of his wounds.

During the appearance, Helfrich waived extradition and agreed to return to Minnesota to face attempted murder and other charges there. 

The probable cause statement said that Helfrich was on house arrest with monitoring on a drug charge in Wisconsin. Both Helfrich and Wallraff cut off the monitoring bracelet and planed to flee the area. Taking firearms with them, they loaded them after seeing La Crescent officers at the Kwik Trip. Helfrich took up one of the firearms after getting stopped by the officers. Helfrich then fired it at the officer as he approached the car. 

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