Justified: Fatal Shooting by Mankato Police

(St. Cloud, MN) – The Stearns County Attorney’s Office has concluded that last year’s fatal shooting by Mankato police was justifeed and no criminal charges will be brought against the officer.

The full report says Officer Gary Schnorenberg was in fear for his life and the deadly use of force was necessary to protect himself and possibly others.

The case was investigated by Stearns County to avoid a conflict of interest locally. This as the wife of Blue Earth County Attorney Pat McDermott works for the Mankato Department of Public Safety.

Thirty-three-year-old Chase Tuseth was under the influence of alcohol, amphetamine and Ecstasy when he was killed by Schnorenberg on December 31st, 2016, at the Country Inn & Suites.

(Photo: Chase Tuseth)

According to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the Mankato Department of Public Safety received a 911 call at 4:02 a.m. on Dec.31 from an employee at the Country Inn & Suites in Mankato who reported that Tuseth was behind the counter in the lobby and was throwing items.

Officer Schnorenberg responded to the hotel and encountered Tuseth in a hallway near the pool. After several verbal commands were not obeyed, Officer Schnorenberg deployed his Taser successfully.

During the attempt to handcuff Tuseth, he broke free and began hitting and kicking Officer Schnorenberg. During the struggle, Officer Schnorenberg fired his weapon, striking Tuseth.

Resuscitation efforts at the scene were unsuccessful.

Officer Schnorenberg was treated for his injuries at Mayo Clinic Health System and released. At last check, Schnorenberg, a 30-year member of the force, remained on administrative leave.

Tuseth was hired by Shakopee Public Schools in August 2016 and was a Science and Physical Education Teacher at the Tokata Learning Center. “Chase was an outstanding teacher who had a passion for working with at-risk students,” said Eric Serbus, Tokata Learning Center Principal.

Prior to joining the staff at Shakopee Public Schools, Tuseth worked at the Integrated Arts Academy in Chaska. Reports also say he was a 2008 graduate of MSU-Mankato.

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