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Officer Shooting Rocks Small Minnesota Town

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011 at 7:15 am

A wild day in a small southwestern Minnesota town ended Monday with a police officer shot and in the hospital, and the man who reportedly shot him dead after a 10-hour standoff. Police identified the wounded officer as Shawn Schneider, 32, who has been employed at Lake City since 2003. He remained in critical condition Monday evening after being shot in the neck and head.

An all-day standoff ensued after the officer was shot as the suspect holed himself up inside a Lake City house. Finally, when authorities entered the house, they found a body believed to be that of the suspect who shot Schneider.

SWAT officers surrounded the home in Lake City, and nearby schools were locked down after the man, who has since been identified as shot the officer, then retreated into the house. When authorities entered the house and found a body believed to be that of the shooting suspect, who has since been identified as Alan Sylte Jr., 25, of Hager City. Local schools were then advised to end their lockdown and transport students home.

The Lake City Police Chief said the shooting happened after 8:30 a.m. when two officers went to a house for a reported domestic situation involving a handgun. When they arrived at the house, Sylte Jr. apparently shot one of the officers, the aforementioned Schneider.

Sylte Jr. does not live in the house but was apparently involved in a domestic situation with a woman there. The woman left the residence before the officer was shot, and it was believed she was unharmed.

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