LAKE CITY, Minn. (WCCO) — A medical examiner has identified the man who was found inside a Lake City home after a day-long standoff that started with a police officer shot.

A preliminary autopsy by the Mayo Clinic Medical Examiner found that Alan John Sylte, 25, of Hagar City, Wis. died from a gunshot wound to his head. The medical examiner determined the cause of the death to be suicide.

On Monday morning, Lake City Police Officer Shawn Schneider was shot in the head and neck after responding to a domestic call at a residence in Lake City.

According to details from a search warrant affidavit, Sylte’s 17-year-old girlfriend broke off their relationship just one week ago. Last weekend, he sent her 282 text messages.

On Monday morning, he showed up at her parents’ house, armed with two handguns.

When Schneider showed up at the home, the girl fled to the safety of his squad car. That’s when two shots rang out, narrowly missing the girl, but striking Schneider.

After the shooting, area law enforcement established a perimeter around the home. According to the search warrant, Sylte barricaded himself inside the house and made two cell phone calls between 9 and 11 a.m. It would be the last anyone would hear from him.

At 3:42 p.m. SWAT team members began searching the home and discovered Sylte’s body in an upstairs bedroom. He killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension continues to investigate the shooting.

Schneider, 32, is listed in critical condition at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.

There is a fund set up to help Schneider’s family. Donations can be sent to:

Shawn Schneider Fund
Alliance Bank
105 E. Lyon Avenue
Lake City, MN 55041

Comments (13)
  1. Kevin says:

    Wisconsin POS…..freakin coward did himself! Man enough to shoot a cop in the neck….but not man enough to do the time……

    1. TL says:

      Im glad I dont have to pay for his lifetime stay at Oak Park or Stillwater myself. Shoulda been a suicide by cop(s). That would have given them some satisfaction anyways.

  2. brittany says:

    how do you know the man was a coward? maybe he had a mental issue he was dealing with and needed help for it? you don’t know. I m not giving sympathy to him for shooting the officer. But you are never sure until you have all the facts. but some are always quick to judge. Im sure his family is hurt by his actions he took upon the officer and him self.

    1. Kevin says:

      OMG!!! Walk to the nearest bridge and cleanse the gene pool !!!!!!!!!

      1. ^ Kevin impersonator ^ says:

        Ummm, hey doosh bag, please stop using Kevin’s name. Your posts are neither similar nor worded well. Let Kevin produce the awesome remarks that only he can, rather than your pre-puberty wanna-be diarrhea.

  3. JS says:

    Here is what is wrong with everyone one of these stories. The perp always has a history. Always. If we really cared, we’d get rid of the revolving door criminal justice system. Keep violent people off the play ground THE FIRST TIME they turn up in the system. Stop over crowding prisons with people who need treatment for addictions, computer hackers… I don’t walk the streets at night worried that an embezzler is going to jump out of the bushes. We all know there are parts of town we dare not enter on foot, day or night. Why do we stand for it? Is this not a free country? If the government told us parts of town were forbidden, we’d riot. But thugs can tell us which roads to stay on and we’re indifferent. Legislation to out law violence and stop using cages for non-violent offenders has been put up for vote and defeated by prison guard unions. It will take all of us together throwing our support behind this kind of change. Write your representative. It’s your civic duty as an American.

    1. Realist says:

      “I don’t walk the streets at night worried that an embezzler is going to jump out of the bushes.”

      Wait, what? You’re delusional… passionate, but delusional.

  4. Brett says:

    Oh right, JS, stop jailing computer hackers, like YOURSELF, maybe? Do you know how much PAIN, MISERY, WASTED TIME, MONEY is caused by HACKERS? Sorry, hackers should be locked up for at least 20 years, so they can’t get out of jail and go back to what they used to do, because the technology will have evolved greatly, so it will take a lot of time for them to try to ‘hack’ again. Addicted people, i.e. DOPERS, cause a LOT of physical and financial harm to others as well, wether they are dealers, growers, or users. White collar crime is poorly punished, we need stiffer sentances for those who hack, commit fraud, etc.
    These are NOT victimless crimes. Non-violent offenders cause as much trouble as the violent ones, and we don’t even deal the THEM harshly enough.

  5. Donna says:

    I really do not think the law enforcement officers get enough credit for what they do. They literally do not have any idea how things can turn out. A simple traffic stop could become deadly in a mater of seconds. I really hope Officer Schneider pulls through. The police risk their lives for our safety. I am also thinking of his fellow police and his family too.

  6. Sue says:

    I agree with Donna. Officers have no idea what will await them at each call. It sounds like Officer Schneider saved the life of the young woman. He is truly a hero. My thoughts and prayers are with Officer Schneider and his family.

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