FOND DU LAC - Because the Fond du Lac County District Attorney determined officers acted appropriately on the morning of March 20, no charges will be filed.
"It's important to understand that the overriding issue there would be the safety of the six-year-old child," said Fond du Lac Police Chief Bill Lamb during a news conference Monday afternoon.
When police went to a duplex on Lincoln Avenue in Fond du Lac last March, their priority was a six-year-old girl. She's the daughter of James Cruckson's ex-girlfriend. Cruckson was watching the girl while her mother was on vacation.
Early on the morning of March 20, Cruckson's ex-girlfriend returned home to the duplex they shared, and Cruckson sexually assaulted her. He told her not to contact police, but she did.
Around 5:45 that morning, two officers arrived at the scene, and got no response at the door. Half an hour later, Cruckson sent his father a text message, saying "Bye dad I am finally checking out."
A few minutes later, two more law enforcement arrived and enter the home. At 6:30 a.m., Cruckson shot Officer Ryan Williams, injuring him. Outside, officer Craig Birkholz arrived and ran toward the scene, in the dark.
"Not only could he not see the house," District Attorney Dan Kaminsky said of Birkholz's actions, "But he had no idea that there would be gunfire coming from that location and essentially ran into that scene unaware, and having no visual cues. At that time other officers at the scene couldn't identify where the shots were coming from, either."
At 6:34 a.m., Cruckson shot Birkholz twice, killing him. An hour later, about 7:40 a.m. Officer Raddatz saw Cruckson sticking a rifle out the window. Raddatz aimed and fired two shots, apparently hitting a finger on Cruckson's left hand.
"There's an inference there that may have been an end to the standoff. That's not 100 percent certain; it's the best assessment of all the reports and information that we have," explained Kaminsky.
Cruckson was later found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He did not have drugs or alcohol in his system.
The six-year-old girl was likely not with Cruckson at all that night. Later Sunday morning, she was found a few houses away with relatives.
The district attorney says Cruckson fired 48 rounds, some from a hunting rifle, some from a handgun, and six from a police shotgun he took control of after Williams was shot.
Fond du Lac police have released more information about the weapons they found in the apartment of a man who was at the center of a five-hour standoff on Monday.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is announcing a public meeting has been scheduled to provide road closure and design information for the Velp Avenue interchange area.
FOX 11 Investigates takes a closer look at the property on the west side of Lambeau Field purchased by the Green Bay Packers.
More than $265,000 was donated to the Salvation Army of the Fox Cities as a result of last Friday's Thrivent Financial for Lutherans match day.
Two people are displaced after an apartment fire in Grand Chute.
A fire early Wednesday morning in downtown Ripon damaged three businesses and forced 26 people from their apartments.