Cook Co. Courthouse Shooting Suspect Has Died

DULUTH, Minn. (WCCO) — The man accused of shooting inside a northern Minnesota courthouse earlier this month has died.

Daniel Schlienz, 42, was being held in the St. Louis County jail since the shooting that took place Dec. 15. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office said on Monday night, Schlienz showed signs of medical distress.

Jail staff called 911 and Schlienz was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth. Authorities said Schlienz died around 8 a.m. with his family members present.

An autopsy will be performed. At this time, the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office said no foul play is suspected. Schlienz had been in an intensive supervision unit and jail staff was checking on his condition.

Schlienz was accused of shooting two people and injuring another in Cook County. Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson filed six charges against Schlienz in Cook County District Court on Dec. 19 including two counts of premeditated attempted murder.

According to the criminal charges, Schlienz was at the Cook County courthouse where he had been found guilty of a criminal sexual assault charge. After the ruling, Schlienz got a gun from his truck and returned to the courthouse, headed towards to the county attorney’s office.

The criminal complaint said Schlienz then pulled out a .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol and shot Gary Thompson, a witness in the case against Schlienz, who was just leaving the office. Schlienz then went into the office and shot Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell in the chest. Both Thompson and Scannell suffered injuries but have since been released from the hospital.

A Cook County Sheriff’s Deputy and state trooper were able to get the gun from Schlienz who was then arrested.

Schlienz was being held pending $2 million in bail.

  • Kevin

    Good job! Trash!

    • curt everson

      i wish all of you trash talking a-holes would die.

  • Laurie Matson

    I love a story with a happy ending. glad you died before they had to spend thousands of dollars of tax payers money on your care and upkeep. but since you were involved in a sex crime, I sure hope they don’t find that you had HIV when they do your autopsy!! I hope it’s not the tax payers though paying for your autopsy because paying any amount of money on your behalf is a total waste.

    • Don't be ignorant

      HIV and committing a sex crime have no correlation.

      • stubby

        How does HIV spread then? Guess I can throw my condoms away.

        • Jack

          Just because he was found guilty of a sex crime does not mean he has HIV.

          • bluefaery

            not defending since laurie sounds like a 12-year-old on mommy’s computer … but she said since you were involved in a sex crime hope they don’t find out you have hiv … i think an attempt on her part to hope the best for the victims of his sex crime?

            • curt everson

              goes to show how ignorant citiots can be.

  • All life is valuable

    Church Teaches that All Life is Valuable:
    “All life needs to be upheld as sacred and gifted by God, from life in the womb to the life of a convicted criminal. We must affirm all life.”

    Archbishop Harry J. Flynn
    Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis

    • jackactionhero

      I do not subscribe to that theory, nor can you convince me to. Another life that was not valuable was named Alphonso Rodriguez.

      Burn them at the stake and listen to them scream.

  • Oscar

    Sympathy to his family. Remember he was somebody’s son, brother, uncle. Someone’s heart is breaking.

    • jackactionhero

      He was an enemy of the human race and needed to be treated as such.

    • Carrie

      You are truely kind, thoughtful & caring…God bless you

  • Brett

    @All life is valuable, yes, I know that you are TRYING to say the right thing, but we, as a society (hopefully a civil and JUST one) need to do the right and unpopular thing now and then to rid ourselves from serious evil. I understand that this guy had some serious issues with his case, and our courts ran him through the ringer. STILL, that is not a good enough reason to start blasting away in a courthouse. I take issue with Archbishop Flynn, on a number of ISSUES, and I have good reasons WHY.

  • What goes around, comes around

    Grim Reaper paid him a deserving visit…

  • Carrie

    Shame on all those judging what they don’t know, there is so much more to the story. There is a truth behind all the horrible things that all your ignorance shows

  • Carrie

    Unless you lived his life…DON’T judge him because you don’t know him, never have, and never will know all the details of his life. He has a family and friends who are grieving, if nothing else please respect that the entire story of Dan has yet to be told.

  • Kevin

    Carrie, please shut your hole. Nobody cares about your feelings regarding your murdering friend. Matter O’ fact, if you’re sticking up for that trash, we regard you as being part of the problem.

  • Carrie

    God bless your ignorant opinion Kevin. I hope you’ve lived a perfect life, without the need for anyone to ever judge you without all the facts.

  • Brian

    While it is sad for his family, if he hadn’t assaulted anyone or SHOT 2 PEOPLE he would not have been in jail in the first place. Who knows the details? Maybe there are rules against giving medicine to suicidal inmates… Jail isn’t supposed to be comfortable with robes and slippers if you get cold. It’s really just unfortunate for his family.

  • l

    good, dont spend any more money on an autopsy either, we dont care how he died he’s dead and one less mennace to society dead and gone and done. and no i dont feel awful feeling this way, he killed, an eye for an eye

  • Oscar

    Be sure you know the facts before forming an opinion. He did not kill anyone.

    • jackactionhero

      Not for lack of trying, right? After being convicted of a sex crime.

      So a convicted sex criminal planned ahead and brought a gun to the court house in case it didn’t go his way. It didn’t; so he went out, got his gun and shot the people repeatedly.

      Which part of this is untrue or wasn’t his fault?

      Details please.

  • l

    he just as well as killed when he committed the sex crime. it takes your life away as you once had known it and it is never the same, its a death in us all, whether we are breathing or not.

  • Michelle

    I am Dans Cousin, I’d appreciate it if you didnt say S**t if you dont know what the F**k your talking about!!!! He did not force anyone to do anything!! Those little hoes did it with more than consent!! and if you got found guilty for something you didnt do you would probably go crazy too!! Those hoes are lying. There is alot more to the story than what is being said on the news and in the paper…just know that.

  • curt everson

    i wish you would die.

  • Carrie

    Those choosing to stand in judgement shall also be judged one day. There is only sadness in all aspects regarding this situation. No matter what your opinion, there is more than just one side to this story. Many people were hurt through the lies, the hate and the judgements. I hope you all live perfect lives, no one ever judges you and all your choices are better than all those you judge without knowing the entire truth.

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