Crawford County shooting victim remains in critical condition, suspect arrested

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CRAWFORD COUNTY (WKOW) — A Roscoe, Illinois man faces an attempted first-degree intentional homicide charge following a shooting Oct. 25 that left another man in critical condition.

Lee J. Kennedy, II from Roscoe, was arrested and faces possible charges of  attempted first-degree intentional homicide, endangering safety by intoxicated use of a firearm and felon in possession of a firearm.

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim as Jason Melvin from Monticello.

The Crawford County Dispatch received a 911 call about 1:20 a.m. from a Jennifer Glass of Soldier’s Grove, who said that she was in a vehicle in a driveway and that the driver, Melvin, had just been shot in the head as they were leaving the driveway.

The caller said that the back window of the truck was blown out from the bullet and she had no idea where she was.

Dispatch was able to locate the woman using cell phone coordinates which showed she was on Martin Lane in Eastman Township.

The woman stated that she and the man who was driving had given another man that they had met at a local tavern a ride to a cabin where he was staying because he was out celebrating his birthday and was too drunk to drive.

The woman said that when they arrived at the cabin, they went into an RV parked beside the cabin and continued to celebrate the man’s birthday.

The woman said that they were there for about 45 minutes, and when they were driving away someone shot into the truck through the back window striking the driver in the back of the head.

The victim, a 47-year-old man from Monticello was taken to Crossing Rivers Hospital and Med Flighted to UW Hospital, where he is in critical condition.

The 40-year-old woman who was the passenger is from Soldiers Grove and was not injured.

A 47-year-old man from Rosco Ill was taken into custody by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the La Crosse County Tactical Team and their BearCat. The man has been detained for questioning with possible charges to follow.

The Wisconsin State Crime Lab and Wisconsin State Patrol have been called to assist with processing and diagraming the scene.

Assisting at the scene were the Eastman First Responders and Fire Dept, Tri State EMS, and the Prairie du Chien Police Dept.

The shooting remains under investigation.

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