LAKE CITY, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota officer whom authorities say was shot and wounded by a Wisconsin gunman remains in critical condition.

A Mayo Hospital spokesman provided an update Saturday about Lake City police Officer Shawn Schneider. The 32-year-old husband has been in critical condition since Monday’s shooting.

Schneider had responded to a domestic-disturbance call at a Lake City home. That’s where authorities say 25-year-old Alan Sylte Jr. of Hager City, Wis., shot Schneider in the head and then took his own life.

A 17-year-old girl who escaped from the house told police she had broken up with Sylte the previous week after he became violent.

A Wisconsin National Guard spokeswoman says Sylte was an Iraq war veteran who was in the process of being discharged for failing to report to duty.

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Comments (7)
  1. insignificant says:

    that PTSD has taken a toll on way too many of these Iraq war Vets,eh?…the calsualties keep mounting.

    1. wow says:

      That doesn’t excuse domestic violence and shooting anyone in the head!!!!! At least he was smart enough to shoot himself next!

    2. ez says:

      The POS didn’t even serve in combat. He cleared roadside bombs and escorted a battalion commander around.

  2. Fellow Deputy says:

    As a fellow member of law enforcement I pray for Officer Schneider’s recovery and the strength his family will need to get through this.

    I have had contact with several veterans of war and like 99% of all contacts law enforcement has with the public they are quick, professional and of no issue. It’s the 1% that go sideways. It’s the 1% that all of us in law enforcement train for and hope doesn’t happen. It’s the 1% that Officer Schneider dealt with that morning.

    No matter who law enforcement has contact with there is ALWAYS the chance that it will be the 1% I just mentioned. This is why law enforcement is trained the way we are and react the way we do. We have a family that is expecting us to come home after our shift just like the people we are protecting and serving do.

    God bless Officer Schneider and his family and all of the members of public safety – police, fire and EMS – for allowing our society to function.

  3. tom says:

    My thouights and prayers go out to him and his family. I think we as a society have to quit pretending like war has no side effects or casualties and many vets come back totally destroyed.

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