Officer Involved Shooting Update

Roger Burzinski

Roger Burzinski



On Sunday, August 13 at 5:01 pm the La Crosse Police were dispatched to Houska Park (1013 Houska Dr.) for a report of a carjacking. The female victim reported that a male white approached her, displayed a handgun and stole her vehicle. The victim was able to get herself and her 3 year old child out of the vehicle prior to it being stolen; however, her 1 year old daughter was still in her car seat.

More information and details are now available for this incident:

The responding officers located the stolen vehicle being driven at 10th and Green Bay St. Officers followed the suspect to South Ave and attempted to stop the vehicle.  The driver refused to stop and turned north onto 7th St.  The suspect led officers on a short pursuit with speeds up to 47 mph.  The pursuit proceeded east on Adams St. and then north on 8th St., proceeding through barricades for a section of road construction where the road pavement is totally removed.  Ultimately the chase ended with the suspect crashing into a parked vehicle near 8th and Johnson St.  Officers gave orders to the suspect but he was refusing to obey officers’ commands.  As the officers approached the vehicle, they observed that the suspect was in possession of a weapon.  Officers continued to give commands and ultimately fired their weapons at the suspect.  Additional details about the shooting, the officers’ actions and decision to fire their weapons will be contained in the Wisconsin’s Division of Criminal Investigations report.

Officer Stephen Hughes and Officer Andrew Adey were the two La Crosse Police Officers who fired their weapons. Officer Stephen Hughes has worked for the La Crosse Police Department since October of 2013 and had 4 years of law enforcement experience prior to being hired with La Crosse.  Officer Andrew Adey has worked for the La Crosse Police Department since June of 2012 and was with the Army National Guard for 8 years.

The suspect in this incident was identified as Roger Burzinski 06/08/1963 of Green Bay WI. Burzinski’s actions on August 13th are consistent with his lengthy criminal record which stretches back to 1980.  Burzinski had convictions for theft of motor vehicle, armed robbery, 2nd degree sexual assault of a child, knowingly fleeing an officer and resisting arrest.

As stated in the previous release, the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation has been called upon as an independent outside agency to conduct the investigation into the shooting. Per Department policy, the two officers involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave pending review of the investigation.

Officer Andrew Adey                                  Officer Stephen Hughes


20 Comments on “Officer Involved Shooting Update”

  1. anonymous 08/16/2017 at 1:47 PM #

    Glad something more tragic didn’t happen, but still sad at the loss of life. A good police officer doesn’t sit at home and celebrate that someone was shot and killed, and it saddens me that from the anonymity of computer screens that others do.

  2. Anonymous 08/16/2017 at 9:37 AM #

    Another example why I support our law enforcement police. Excellent job!!!

  3. Anonymous 08/16/2017 at 6:25 AM #

    Awesome job.thanks

  4. Mary Purkapile 08/16/2017 at 2:40 AM #

    Your efforts in keeping LaCrosse safe are so appreciated! We pray daily for officer safety and thank God for his favor. Moments like this define your skill.

  5. Anonymous 08/15/2017 at 11:41 PM #

    Even in a clearly justified shooting like this, I can still imagine this tragic event weighs heavily on these Officers. The community is behind you as well as your other brothers in blue. The LCPD represents the epitome of professionalism. In a thankless service like law enforcement, perhaps the only we can do to show our appreciation is simply say THANK YOU, Officer Adey and Officer Hughes!

  6. Anonymous 08/15/2017 at 10:16 PM #

    Nice job, Officers. I’m sure you don’t hear that enough.

  7. Gloria J. Nelson 08/15/2017 at 8:14 PM #

    Thank you for your service. Who knows how this would have ended if you were not there to assist.

  8. Jon Popelka 08/15/2017 at 6:17 PM #

    I’d love to buy those officers a beer… Thank you, gentlemen.

  9. Christy jacobson 08/15/2017 at 6:02 PM #

    What a great job. You should both be awarded medals

  10. Anonymous 08/15/2017 at 5:48 PM #

    This just gave me goosebumps knowing that these officers saved the little child’s life. Good work.

  11. Keith Carey 08/15/2017 at 5:45 PM #

    Good job !

  12. James Allen Hitt 08/15/2017 at 5:34 PM #

    With all the negative media surrounding Officer involved ahootings, THIS incident should be held up as the example of what TO do. Kudos & thanks!

  13. Anonymous 08/15/2017 at 5:05 PM #

    keep up the good work!!

  14. Anonymous 08/15/2017 at 4:42 PM #

    Great job officers.

  15. Vicky 08/15/2017 at 4:40 PM #

    Good job guys just think if he got away with the baby . They dod thete job.

  16. med1cmommy 08/15/2017 at 4:25 PM #

    Thank you, officers, for standing & holding the line. For making the tough decisions so we can all be safe. As a mom, as a medic & as a fellow officer’s wife…thank you for your service to your community. My prayers join my gratitude to both of you as well as your families, for all you do, every shift.

  17. Anonymous 08/15/2017 at 4:14 PM #

    Thanks for the great work guys

  18. Anonymous 08/15/2017 at 3:44 PM #

    Thank God for your service.

  19. Terry Jessessky 08/15/2017 at 3:40 PM #

    Thank you all for what you do for all of us each and every day.

  20. Tim Soller 08/15/2017 at 3:24 PM #

    Job well done by my Brothers in Blue

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