Fond du Lac Officer Involved With Gunman’s Girlfriend

7/15/11 – There has been another development in the shooting spree in March that killed one Fond du Lac police officer and injured another. Fond du Lac Police Officer Jay Salzmann resigned in May – after an investigation showed that he had a past relationship with the girlfriend of the man who shot the officers. Salzmann reportedly used to date Josephine Werner. She was James Cruckson’s girlfriend and on March 20 she called police to report a sexual assault. That’s when the 30-year-old Cruckson opened fire, killing Officer Craig Birkholz before turning the gun on himself. Neither Werner nor Officer Salzmann have commented on the situation. Deputy Police Chief Kevin Lemke says Salzmann was put on administrative leave from March 20th to May first, when he quit. Lemke says there was no indication that Cruckson’s actions had anything to do with the relationship Salzmann previously had with Cruckson’s girlfriend. The Oshkosh Police Department did the investigation because of the internal police ties in Fond du Lac.