Posted: Tuesday, 31 July 2012 5:05PM
The Wabasha County Attorney's Office says if the suspect in the shooting death of a Lake City police officer last December had lived, he would have been charged with first degree murder.
That was the finding of the county attorney's review of the state crime lab's investigation into the death of police officer Shawn Schneider.
Schneider was shot outside a Lake City home on December 19th, after he and another officer responded to a domestic situation. Law enforcement from seven different agencies surrounded the home and later found the body of 25-year-old suspect Alan Sylte inside dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The weapon used to shoot officer Schneider was determined to be the same weapon used in Sylte's own death......
The BCA investigation showed it is clear that Sylte acted with the purpose of causing the death of another, speficially Schneider, and that Sylte considered, planned, prepared for, or was determined to kill another prior to actually commiting the act.
Given that conclusion, the county attorney's office would have submitted first degree murder charges to a Wabasha County grand jury.