FOND DU LAC - In a Monday press conference, Fond du Lac County District Attorney Dan Kaminsky announced no charges will be filed in connection with a March shooting that left police officer Craig Birkholz dead and another wounded.
Kaminsky says police used proper force and acted heroically and professionally during their March 20 standoff with James Cruckson.
Kaminsky also released his report on the incident.
The document shows Cruckson had no plan when he opened fire, only spiraling rage and a crumbling relationship.
"All the evidence suggests it was a man having an emotional break, under the influence of his emotions," Kaminsky said.
Kaminsky says Cruckson snapped after sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend early that morning.
According to the report, Cruckson left her voice mail messages during the standoff, admitting the rape and blaming her.
- Watch the video to the left to hear excerpts from the voice mails
"You shouldn't have hit me. You poked me in the face and you slapped me in the face and you threatened me and I raped you," Cruckson says in the recording. "What did you expect was going to happen? This is all your fault. I should have killed you. You deserve to die, you're an evil person. I hope you have a hard time dealing with all this."
Investigators say Cruckson's ex-girlfriend had talked her way out of the home, saying she was going to her mother's house. Instead, she called police.
About two hours later, when Cruckson realized officers were outside the home, he sent a text message to his father. It said "Bye Dad I'm finally checking out."
"He then at that time made that snap decision, this was it for him," Kaminsky explained.
Cruckson also talked with several of his relatives and a police negotiator during the standoff.
Kaminsky says they all tried to convince him to surrender.
During the calls, Cruckson admitted shooting an officer and the sexual assault, but never expressed a vendetta against police.
"Not once did he mention any desire for revenge against a police officer," Kaminsky said.
According to investigators, Cruckson's ex-girlfriend had a brief relationship with a Fond du Lac officer several months before the shooting. However, Kaminsky says he has determined that relationship was not a factor.
"That officer was not on duty at the time of the incident, nor in any way present at the scene, nor involved in any other capacity," he said.
None of the officers involved in the shooting had any type of relationship with Cruckson's ex-girlfriend, Kaminsky added.
He says his investigation is complete, but the healing process ongoing for the Fond du Lac Police Department as well as those involved.
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