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Guns, Drugs taken from convicted Felon fleeing police

On Wednesday, February 5th, shortly after 9pm, James R. Dean (06/21/1983) was observed by a La Crosse Police Officer at Kwik Trip, 1333 Rose Street. Mr. Dean had an active felony probation warrant. He was observed getting into the front passenger seat of a vehicle. As a traffic stop was initiated on the vehicle, Mr. Dean exited the front passenger side of the vehicle and a short foot pursuit ensued. While Mr. Dean was running away from the officer, he did not see a picnic table located in a side yard and collided with it. He fell to the ground at which time, Mr. Dean fought with the officer and struck the officer in the face.  He was ultimately arrested. When Mr. Dean collided with the picnic table, Body Worn footage captures a black object flying in the air and falling on the ground. The object was identified as a 9mm loaded handgun. See the attached video. 

Real time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rw74wPtdiOM

Slow time lapse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-Bnc-evA28

At the time of his arrest, Mr. Dean was found to be in possession of a knife he had concealed in his waistband, a pair of brass knuckles, cash and bags of methamphetamine, fentanyl and THC were also located on Mr. Dean. During his arrest, he indicated to officers he wanted the officers to get his backpacks he left in the vehicle when he exited the vehicle. Upon searching the bags, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were located.  The total amount of methamphetamine found in the 10 bags was 277 grams, which is just over 1/2 pound of methamphetamine, which has a street value of $8000.00. 

James was transported to jail, and charged with the following.

  • Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver – 961.41(1m)(e)4
  • Battery to Law Enforcement – 940.20(2)
  • Felon in Possession of a Firearm – 941.29(2)(a)
  • Carrying a Concealed Knife – 941.231
  • Resisting/Obstructing an Officer – 946.41
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – 961.573(1)
  • Probation Violation 973.10
  • Possession of THC - 961.41(3g)(e)
  • Possession of Narcotic Drugs-961.41(3g)(am)

This case is another example of a felon in possession of firearm who is also dealing large quantities of drugs in our community. It highlights the continued battle in our community of weapon-related crimes. The safety of the community and officers is of the utmost importance to our department and its members. Mr. Dean, is innocent until proven guilty.

 James R. Dean

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