Death Of Schlienz Believed To Be Infection

Monday, January 23rd, 2012 at 7:00 am

News is coming out about the mysterious death of Daniel Schlienz, the man who allegedly shot a prosecutor and another man last month at the Cook County Courthouse moments after being found guilty. Schlienz’ family says he apparently died because a common bacterial infection triggered a rare blood disorder.

The St. Louis County Medical Examiner told the Duluth News Tribune that he had spoken with the family about the cause of death. However, he said he was unwilling to say more publicly for now because he was awaiting one more test result before releasing a final autopsy report.

Schlienz, was being held on charges that he tried to kill Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell and Gregory Thompson, of Grand Marais. The shootings happened shortly after he was convicted on several counts of criminal sexual conduct. Both victims left the hospital within a few days, but Schlienz fell ill in in the St. Louis County Jail and died Dec. 27.

WDIO reports that the Schlienz family was initially told he died from disseminated intravascular coagulation, or DIC, an often-fatal disorder that causes the proteins that control blood clotting to become abnormally active and eventually consumes the body’s blood platelets, causing excessive bleeding.

But there’s always an underlying cause of DIC. WDIO is also reporting that this time that underlying cause was a common bacterial infection, a type of pneumonia.Schlienz was 42 years old.

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