Fond du Lac Police keep quiet over officer resignation

CREATED Jul. 14, 2011

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One of the Fond du Lac police officers has resigned, and according to the local newspapers, it’s because at one time he was involved with the woman at the center of the fatal shooting in March.

Residents in Fond du Lac woke up to the local newspaper, and found their neighbor on the front page.

“I have to say he’s a good guy.  I can’t imagine why he would have any involvement,” said one neighbor.

On March 20, Josephine Warner told police her boyfriend, James Cruckson, sexually assaulted her. By the end of the day, Cruckson killed one police officer and shot another,

The Fond du Lac Reporter claims officer Jay Salzman was put on administrative leave that day.  Why?  We don’t know. New Fond du Lac Police Chief Bill Lamb didn’t want to talk about that

“Jay Salzmann did resign from the police department on May 1st, 2011, citing personal reasons,” Lamb said.

The Fond du Lac Reporter also states the Oshkosh Police Department conducted an internal investigation into Salzmann, though the department did not return our calls.

“We regret that some details have been released by the department by the local press. At this time, we will continue to respect the district attorney’s investigation and release no additional information,” Lamb said.

The paper quoted Deputy Chief Kevin Lemke, saying “There’s nothing that I know of that suggests what Cruckson did was a result of any involvement of Jay Salzmann had with his ex-girlfiend.”

“We regret that information was released. We cannot release further information at this time,” Lamb said.

The Department of Justice and the Fond du Lac County District Attorney tell me they expect to release the investigation reports in about two weeks.