LA CROSSE, Wis. – A 41-year-old man, Alan Fry, has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after a tragic incident in his stepfather’s home on Farnam Street. According to a criminal complaint, Fry allegedly entered the home on Thursday night and fired 10 shots in the living room, resulting in the death of his stepfather.
Authorities believe that an argument over Fry wearing his stepfather’s coat earlier in the evening may have led to the tension between the two individuals. After leaving the house briefly, Fry returned and shot his stepfather three times. He then proceeded to fire the gun an additional seven times throughout the house before breaking into the bathroom where his mother was hiding. Fortunately, no harm came to his mother as Fry pointed the gun at her and then left the scene.
Given the circumstances surrounding the shooting, the state initially requested a bond of $1,000,000 due to concerns for public safety and the well-being of Fry’s family. A state legal representative stated, “We have fears for the safety of the public generally and for his family and others in his life based on him being a felon in possession of a firearm because of the shooting to death of his stepfather supposedly in cold blood, and because we’re also concerned that he may have been involved in the lighting of the fire at the Denton Street address.”
However, Fry’s bond was eventually reduced to $750,000 after his legal representative argued that the initial amount was excessively high. The representative emphasized Fry’s indigent status, stating that he has no means to afford the original bond amount. They requested a signature bond or a significantly lower amount that would allow Fry to eventually post bail.
The investigation into the fire at the Denton Street house, which may be connected to Fry, is still ongoing. At this time, Fry does not have legal representation and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for January 31.
This incident has left the community in shock and raises concerns about the safety of individuals involved in domestic disputes. It serves as a reminder of the importance of addressing conflicts in a peaceful and non-violent manner.