Cook County Courthouse Shooter Now Dead, Cause Of Death Undetermined

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011 at 6:56 am

In a bizarre development, Daniel Schlienz, the suspected gunman in the Cook County Courthouse shooting, has died. Since the shooting, Schlienz was being held in the St. Louis County jail in Duluth, but an autopsy has been performed and the cause of death is currently undetermined.

The St. Louis County sheriff’s department told WDIO that Schlienz had been ill. The staff at the St. Louis County jail had been doing constant checks, and called 9-1-1 around 8 p.m. Monday night. Schlienz was apparently placed in an intensive supervision unit.

Schlienz was later transported to Essentia Health St. Mary’s in Duluth, where he died around 8 a.m on Tuesday with family members around. His illness has not be disclosed but authorities do not suspect any foul play.

Schlienz was facing six charges including two first degree attempted murder charges after the courthouse shooting several weeks ago. Those charges will be dismissed now that Schlienz is deceased.An autopsy was completed by St. Louis County’s Chief Medical Examiner, suicide has been ruled out, but the exact cause and manner of death is still listed as undetermined. Additional lab tests may shed some light on the situation, but those results could take several weeks to return.

Schlienz allegedly shot the Cook County Attorney, Tim Scannell and Greg Thompson back on December 15th.

Both men survived multiple shots, and have since been released from the hospital.

Schlienz had been convicted of a sex crime, and allegedly opened fire at the courthouse after the verdict.

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