FOND DU LAC, WI (WTAQ) - The chief prosecutor in Fond du Lac says he hopes to decide within two months whether any charges will be filed in the shooting death of a police officer.
Authorities said 30-year-old James Cruckson shot and killed city officer Craig Birkholz on March 20th, as he and other officers were responding to a sexual assault complaint.
Officer Ryan Williams and his K-9 partner Grendel were wounded – and Cruckson turned the gun himself later in the morning as he got into a standoff with police.
The state Justice Department said it reviewed hundreds of reports and dozens of audio files, before submitting the information to Fond du Lac County District Attorney Dan Kaminsky. He’ll be the one to decide on possible charges.
Meanwhile, 29-year-old Hlee Cruckson has been charged with threatening James Cruckson’s girlfriend. Hlee is James Cruckson’s aunt.
Prosecutors said she pointed a gun at a relative of the girlfriend, while blaming her for the police standoff. Hlee Cruckson is charged with reckless endangerment and pointing a firearm.
She’s free on bond, and is due back in court June 20th.