The suspects in a late night attempted murder of a La Crescent police officer have been identified.
The two are identified as Wyatt Helfrich of La Crosse and William Wallraff. The 19-year-old men are accused of engaging the La Crescent police officer in a gunfight before fleeing at speeds up to 100 mph.
The suspects face assault and attempted murder charges when they appear in Houston County District Court.
Wyatt Helfrich of La Crosse is jailed in La Crosse County and it is believed will not fight extradition to Minnesota to face charges of felony assault and fleeing police when he returns to court Wednesday, his attorney said in court Tuesday.
His co-defendant Wallraff is jailed in Houston County for attempted murder.
Two La Crescent officers stopped their car about 1:30 a.m. Monday on Hwy. 16 for speeding and other driving infractions, according to court records.
At least one of the men shot at an officer when he exited his squad car, according to court documents.
The officers returned fire, and the men fled, reaching speeds of up to 100 mph while firing at pursuing officers. The chase ended when the suspects crashed into a bean field near Hwy. 44 and Sanden Road, near Caledonia, according to court documents. The suspects fled on foot into a field but surrendered after realizing they were surrounded by police officers from departments across the area.
Following the surrender, one of the men told police they left a shotgun, a rifle and ammunition in the field.
Helfrich appeared in court with a neck brace on.
It was initially thought he suffered gun-shot wounds to the neck. However, it was later determined that his injuries were from glass as the window of the car in which the suspects fled had been shot out.
Charges are expected to be filed officially at around 11.30 am CST.
County attorney Sam Jandt reported that the charges would carry a possible sentence of nine or 10 years if the men are found guilty.