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Mar212011

Wisconsin Police Officer Killed, Other Wounded After Standoff

Officer Craig Birkholz. Fond du Lac Police Department(FOND DU LAC, Wis.) -- A Wisconsin police officer was killed and another wounded after a six-hour standoff with a gunman Sunday morning.

According to authorities, Fond du Lac police were investigating a report of sexual assault at a home around 6:30 a.m. when an armed man opened fire on them, shooting Officer Craig Birkholz, 28, in the chest and killing him.  K-9 Officer Ryan Williams was also shot in the chest and taken to a nearby hospital where he remains in critical condition. He is expected to survive.  Williams' K-9 partner, Grendel, was also injured.

The gunman, James Cruckson, 30, committed suicide six hours after the shooting began, police said.

State investigators are now looking into the incident.

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