Fond du Lac police Officer Craig Birkholz, 28, was shot in the upper chest and killed, police Chief Tony Barthuly said. K-9 Officer Ryan Williams was shot twice and was taken to an area hospital, where he was in critical condition, Barthuly said. Williams' dog, Grendel, also was shot.I was struck this morning while having the news on in the background that this man, this police officer, who was killed survived our military conflicts only to be killed back home in Wisconsin, by a man with prior criminal problems who was being investigated for a sexual assualt. The police officer's death occurred despite bullet proof vests.
A third officer, Zach Schultz, was injured on a stairwell in the house. Police say Schultz was not injured by gunfire.
Birkholz had been with the Fond du Lac Police Department for two years and had served in Iraq and Afghanistan with the Army. He is survived by his wife, his parents and a brother.
What a terrible waste. It puts the issue of our gun ownership in starker perspective, given the statistics for fire arm deaths in other, comparable western / industrialized counries.
Is our gun ownership policy worth this?