LAKE CITY, Minn. (WCCO) — A Lake City, Minn. officer is in critical condition after being shot in the head early Monday morning. After a day-long standoff at the home where the shooting occurred, a man’s body has been found.

Patrol Officer Shawn Schneider, 32, was shot around 8:31 a.m. on the 600 block of West Lyon Avenue. Schneider and another officer were dispatched to the residence on a report of a domestic incident involving a handgun.

Upon arrival, Schneider went to the front door while the second officer went to the rear of the home.

Schneider was then shot in the head by 25-year-old Alan J. Sylte Jr., of Hager City, Wis. After the shooting, police say Sylte ran back inside the home. A woman was also inside the home but was not harmed.

Schneider was transported to St. Marys Hospital in Rochester in critical condition.

“Obviously, everybody is very saddened by it, you know, you got a local officer, family, it’s like extremely sad,” said Ed Sprout, a Lake City resident.

Police report that two shots were fired at the time Schneider was hit but it’s not clear what, if anything, was hit by the second bullet.

“As far as we know, there were two shots, both fired from the suspect’s weapon,” said Chief Gary Majchrzak, of the Lake City Police.

SWAT teams, sheriff’s deputies from both Wabasha and Olmsted counties and the Lake City Police Department all responded to the scene mid-morning.

alan j sylte jr Lake City Officer Shot In Neck IDd; Body Found In Home

Alan J. Sylte Jr.'s booking photo from 2006. (credit: St. Croix County)

Police believe Sylte retreated back into the residence on Lyon Avenue. However, as no further contact has been made with the suspect since the incident, police stressed people in the area remain vigilant and on the lookout for any suspected sightings.

Police said Sylte spend time in the military, so they took extra precautions. However, they did not specify what those precautions were.

By late afternoon, and having had no contact with Sylte, plans were made to make a move and end a violent and sad day. SWAT team members attempted to break into the home using robotic devices and armored equipment in an effort to bring Sylte out. SWAT teams then entered the residence and located a man’s body around 6 p.m. on the second floor of the home.

The Department of Public Safety said they believe the body that was found was the man responsible for the shooting. The Wabasha County Medical Examiner will positively identify the body.

Wabasha County Sheriff Rodney Bartsh said the cause of death was likely a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Lake City Public Schools reported they had entered lockdown mode in response to the situation. The school district said all students were safe. After finding the body, law enforcement advised school officials to end the lockdown and transport students home.

When Lake City resident Dan Coyle heard the news of the shooting, his heart sank. He’d rented Schneider, a 10-year veteran of the force, a home when the young officer first moved to town.

“It was just like somebody kicked me in the gut,” he said. “All the enthusiasm I had for the new day, the new week, just disappeared.”

Lake City is a 10-member police force and has not had an officer shot since the late 1970s.

Schneider has been with the Lake City Police Department since 2003. He remains in the hospital with his wife and three children.

Lake City Police Chief Gary Majchrzak said Schneider is conscious, but not speaking. Last he saw, Schneider is holding his wife’s hand.

Comments (48)
  1. T S says:

    Not a cool story. My brother, who happens to be an officer in Lake City, is at the that scene now.

    1. JW says:

      Praying that the officer survives with no more LE injuries. Hope the suspect takes himself out.

      1. Clint E says:

        Ditto on both comments

  2. Goober says:

    Were the schools threatened?

    1. Lori says:

      2 of the 3 schools are within blocks of this house – probably just being cautious or there will be law suits if they aren’t, unfortunately.

      1. Tom says:

        Doing exactly what they should do – nice job PD. I don’t believe, and hope, you have many calls like this. Handled well as could be considering there was a perp on the other side of the door who has no value of life nor likely anything else either.
        Thoughts and prayers to the shot officer and God speed on a healthy recovery

  3. Barb says:

    Lake City resident – West Lyon IS Highway 63. It’s at West Lyon and 7th Street. Pray for the officer.

  4. jean says:

    TO Billy: (Merry Christmas everyone and happy New Year).
    your a cold person, is what land does one make such a statement:

    Please stop your comments your us less garbage…

  5. jean says:

    billy hsa been makeing these comments on many of the recents shoting with people geting harmed or he dying’s a problems child

  6. Billy says:

    I love your comment.

  7. Realist says:

    Is this the time for BS? Answer: No.

  8. Realist says:

    Wow. You have zero sense.

  9. KIm says:

    Domestic calls are the most unpredictable for an officer and the most dangerous, I hope if you are ever in a situation where you need an officer you will show them the respect they deserve. As a family member of an officer it sickens me to read comments like yours, our officers are getting gunned down at a rate of about 6 a week across the nation…just doing their job.

  10. an officers wife says:

    what an ignorant comment to make…..did you want the officer to come to the door with his weapon drawn? You obviously have no idea what these officers do every single day. Praying for the office,his family, and fellow officers

  11. @Me says:

    I’d say a prayer for your soul but it’s be a wasted effort Me.
    You pretty pathetic….a lost soul for sure

  12. to me says:

    Why are there people like you walking the earth is my only thought ????
    You are a racist pig. Simple as that

  13. Jack says:

    Your kidding right, if not lord help us

  14. KAH says:

    well being he is a white male that would be an accurate description.Iit would hardley make sence to call him a black male now would it. just pray that no one else gets hurt and that we as tax payers do not have to spend millions on a trial and housing this DB. S&W law .40 saves tax payers a lot of money.

  15. Take down time says:

    Nothing on updated info —- this punk is playing it out until the end it seems.
    Hope to heck he doesn’t walk away alive to be honest….as a person and as a taxpayer his life at this point has ZERO value to me

  16. alan says:

    Hope the guy makes it.

    Does every small jurisdiction police department have an armored personnel carrier like that sheriff’s department? Seems like it these days. Homeland Security grants, I expect.

    1. StPaulie says:

      No every small police dept does NOT have a carrier like that! It is for the entire surrounding area. And you should be glad they do – what if you needed help? Rather my tax $$ go for protecting the public than politicians playing around and wasting our money!

      1. alan says:

        Randomly angry much?

    2. Rom says:

      No, it’s Goodhue County’s, part of the South East MN SWAT response unit.

  17. Jay says:

    Thoughts and prayers for a speedie recovery.

  18. StPaulie says:

    Please pray for the officer wounded and pray for his family. As for the shooter, what a loser! Take yourself out but leave everyone else out of it!

  19. You're a loser says:

    So says the loser who breaks the law and wonders why the police pick on him! “Boohoo,I was drinking and driving and the cops pulled me over to pick on me!” “Why do the cops always bother me while I’m walking down the street? It doesn’t matter that I have pot in my pocket, boohoo.”

    1. jackactionhero says:

      LOL that has never happened, Chris. Go back to your xbox.

      1. ISH says:

        How about using coherent sentences when commenting?

    2. wowwow says:

      how would they know you have pot in your pocket??

  20. tillerman says:

    Whoever moved the wounded officer to safety deserves a medal. They did it at great risk to themselves. I’m proud to live in a community that has such professionals in its ranks.

  21. Michelle says:

    God bless the wounded officer & his family. Praying he makes a full recovery.

    God Bless every man & woman in uniform!

  22. steelneil says:

    Shawn Schneider. 30 years old. Father of three. Kevin Dather was the other officer on scene when the shooting took place..

  23. Marie says:

    How sad, whether the officer was shot in the neck or head, the prognosis is likely not good. My thoughts are with the officer’s family.

  24. pity Jake says:

    Jake – please drop dead. At home. thx

  25. Will says:

    Praying for Shawn, the officer shot. And for Shawn’s family. God bless.

  26. Larry F. says:

    Sylte is dead, brain oozing onto the floor. His slow, incoherent thoughts, oozing onto the floor. God Bless everyone but him.

  27. Kevin says:

    Aint diversity grand

    1. mom says:

      this isn’t about race, it is about a person who was doing his job and protecting someone that needed it and now is lying in a hospital bed with his wife and three small children at his bedside. This young family should be preparing and excited about this week with the thought of santa bringing gifts to their house for their 3 children, instead they are forced to wonder if their father and husband will make it through the week. I pray God will provide a miracle for this family Everyone should be giving thanks to this gentleman no matter what color,or creed he is

    2. mr obvious says:

      @Kevin – Yes it is. Thank you Come again.

  28. jackactionhero says:

    I do wish WCCO would include a picture of the officer, and not force us to stare at this subhuman.

  29. mr obvious says:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you mr.police officer.

  30. Jus Sayin says:

    Get well soon Shawn!!

    @Kevin and JackAction… what?? No racist comments about the whiteboy criminal who shot one of our men in Blue – like you both do when there is a non-white person in the news?? Then again…. why are we not surprised

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