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State probe into officer shooting forwarded to DA

Wounded Fond du Lac police officer Ryan Williams and his partner, K9 officer Grendel, hold a news conference on their first day back on the job on May 9. Williams was shot twice by a sexual assault suspect who killed another officer in March. The suspect eventually committed suicide. A bullet ripped into the Grendel's abdomen while the dog was sitting in a squad car. (AP Photo/The Reporter, Patrick Flood)

Wounded Fond du Lac police officer Ryan Williams and his partner, K9 officer Grendel, hold a news conference on their first day back on the job on May 9. Williams was shot twice by a sexual assault suspect who killed another officer in March. The suspect eventually committed suicide. A bullet ripped into the Grendel's abdomen while the dog was sitting in a squad car. (AP Photo/The Reporter, Patrick Flood)

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Justice’s investigation into the fatal shooting of a Fond du Lac police officer has been forwarded to the local prosecutor.

Fond du Lac District Attorney Dan Kaminsky told the Fond du Lac Reporter he hopes to have his review completed in 60 days.

Authorities say James Cruckson used a high-powered deer rifle to shoot and kill Officer Craig Birkholz on March 20. Officer Ryan Williams and his police dog were shot and wounded during a standoff at Cruckson’s home. Police say Cruckson was found dead of a self-inflected gunshot wound.

Information from: The Reporter, http://www.fdlreporter.com

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