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Search warrants offer more insight into Lake City shooting

Officer Shawn Schneider Officer Shawn Schneider

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Search warrants released Dec. 21 provide more details about what happened just before Lake City police officer Shawn Schneider was shot Dec. 19 outside a home on Lyon Avenue.

According to the documents, a 17-year-old girl inside the home had contacted a friend and the friend was able to hear what was happening between the girl and Alan Sylte, Jr. inside the house on the 600 block of Lyon Avenue. 

Sylte and the teen had been dating since April, but she ended the relationship on Dec. 14. According to the victim, Sylte had been violent toward her during their relationship.

The friend believed Sylte had a gun and contacted her mother, who then called police at 8:32 a.m.

When officers got to the residence, one officer went to the front door and one went to the rear door.

The teen left the home when she saw the officers.

"She went toward the officer's vehicle out the front of the home.  At some point, she heard gun shots coming from behind her and felt two rounds go by her.  She saw the police officer go to the ground."

During that time, Sylte had come onto the porch with a gun. 

 "Sylte pointed the gun at the police officer and shot him in the head.  The officer was critically injured.  After Sylte shot the officer, he returned to the inside of his residence and barricaded himself."

A perimeter was established around the home at 8:47 a.m.

Documents show Sylte made a phone call at 9 a.m. from the phone belonging to the teen.  He also made another call from his cell phone sometime between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

The affidavits were filed Monday in Wabasha County District court during the lengthy standoff, which ended when a tactical bobcat belonging to the Bloomington Bomb Squad entered the home just before 6 p.m.

Sylte was found dead inside from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Sylte is an honorably discharged veteran of the military, where he was a combat engineer.

The gun used in the shooting belonged to Sylte's brother, who had been trying to get it back.




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