Reporting Bill Hudson
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
105 E. Lyon Avenue
Lake City, MN 55041