MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Justice has released more than one thousand pages of documents related to its investigation of the March shooting that killed a Fond du Lac police officer.
The Fond du Lac County district attorney ruled last month police acted appropriately during the shooting.
FOX 11 filed an open records request with the state to obtain the records from that incident. The DOJ handed them over Tuesday.
The department has since posted the report on its website. Click here to read it.
Authorities say James Cruckson shot and killed 28-year-old officer Craig Birkholz as he ran towards the scene. Cruckson also shot Officer Ryan Williams and his K9 officer Grendel, both recovered. Cruckson later took his own life.
As Fond du Lac officers battled his shots March 20, frantic calls poured into to 911.
"I believe I'm hearing gunshots," one caller said. "Yes, stay in your house, stay away from windows," the dispatcher responded.
"I'm on Division and Lincoln," another said.
"You need to stay in your house, we have an incident going on on Lincoln," a dispatcher responded.
The recordings are part of more than 1,000 pages of investigative documents, photos and video, released to FOX 11 by the Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation.
Some information has been removed to protect the victims, Officer Ryan Williams, James Cruckson's former girlfriend and Officer Craig Birkholz.
Dash cam video shows Birkholz racing to the scene. Other officers were already there, including Williams. Bullets were flying.
"Shots fired, shots fired, we got a sniper," officers say over radio.
The video goes black when Birkholz leaves the car. DOJ removed the video, because it captures Birkholz' death.
According to the autopsy report, Birkholz was shot twice.
Newly-released video from the Department is giving us a first look inside the duplex where it all began. Video shows the second floor where police say Cruckson fired nearly 50 rounds through a window.
Hundreds of pages of interviews confirm Cruckson was driven by a crumbling relationship. He spoke with a negotiator ten times during the standoff.
In the report, the negotiator describes Cruckson as having flat emotions. He said Cruckson never yelled during the conversations, but did admit killing an officer and raping his former girlfriend.
However, in audio previously released by Fond du Lac authorities, Cruckson blamed her for everything.
"You lied, that's why those cops got killed, so pretty much you killed those cops," Cruckson said on her voicemail.
Hundreds of photos show the aftermath of Cruckson's attack, Williams' vest pierced in several places, squad cars riddled with bullets and a community and department forever changed.
The report, like the Fond du Lac County district attorney, also concluded that officers acted appropriately to protect the community.
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