On 3/26/2023 at approximately 1:37 AM, The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office responded to 3955 STH 71 (The Hunting
Shack Gentleman’s Club) in Rural Sparta. The Monroe County 911 Communications Center received reports of an armed
male waiving a gun in the parking lot. The armed subject then entered the establishment with the handgun, but was
forced back outside by patrons and staff. Once outside, the subject fired multiple rounds from the handgun in the
parking lot, then fled the scene in a vehicle.
A short time later, a Monroe County Deputy located the suspect vehicle crashed on STH 162 near CTH A in La Crosse
County. Alexander Knudtson of Mondovi, was the driver of the vehicle. After investigation, Knudtson was arrested for
2nd degree recklessly endangering safety, going armed while intoxicated, carrying a concealed weapon, disorderly
conduct, and operating while intoxicated 1st offense. Knudtson was booked in and is being held at the Monroe County
Jail.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Sparta Police Department, La Crosse County Sheriff’s Office,
Wisconsin State Patrol, and the Monroe County 911 Communications Center. This incident is still under investigation
and no other information will be released at this time.

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