Curtis Ross held on $100,000 cash in La Crosse shooting
LA CROSSE (WKBT) — A man accused of shooting at a La Crosse police officer will remain jailed on a $100,000 cash bond.
Curtis W. Ross II, 33, La Crosse, was charged in La Crosse County Circuit Court with first-degree recklessly endangering safety, felon in possession of a firearm, possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession with intent to deliver cocaine and felony bail jumping.
Prosecutor Megan Gomez asked for a high cash bond, noting that Ross had a history of failing to appear in court and was facing prison time for his open cases.
“He ran from officers and even fired a gun at them in an effort to avoid apprehension,” Gomez said. “He’s a risk for failure to appear and a clear risk to the public.”
Ross appeared in court with his attorney Jeff Mochalski, who said he would discuss bond at the preliminary hearing.
Judge Scott Horne ordered a $100,000 cash bond, noting the serious allegations and extensive criminal history.
The criminal complaint filed against Ross details allegations of him attempting to steal a woman’s vehicle and shooting toward a police officer. A woman called police at about 1:30 a.m. and reported Ross was stealing her car.
An officer spotted Ross running near the 1400 block of Vine Street. He turned his car to follow Ross when Ross turned and extended his arm toward the squad vehicle, according to the criminal complaint. The officer reported seeing a muzzle flash and hearing a shot fired from 20 to 25 yards away.
Ross continued running and eventually ditched the gun before he was stopped by a different La Crosse officer. He surrendered to police, according to the complaint. Police found a loaded magazine for a 9mm handgun in his pocket. Police also found bags with white and brown substances later identified as cocaine and heroin.
Ross has several open cases, including a federal firearm case. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for 11 a.m. March 1.
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