MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Lake City police officer who suffered a gunshot wound to the head earlier this month died Friday evening, according to a Mayo Clinic spokesperson.

Patrol Officer Shawn Schneider, 32, was shot in the head on Dec. 19 by a 25-year-old gunman while responding to a domestic disturbance involving a handgun in Lake City.

He succumbed to his wounds at around 5:30 p.m. at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, according to the Wabasha County Sherriff’s Office.

Schneider, who served the Lake City Police Department since 2003, is survived by his wife and three children.

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

Alan J. Sylte Jr., of Hager City, Wis., shot Schneider as Schneider approached the home at which the disturbance was reported. Sylte fired two shots, one of which struck Schneider in the head.

After a day-long standoff, authorities found Sylte dead on the house’s second floor, where he likely suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, police said.

A 17-year-old girl who escaped the house said she had broken up with Sylte the week before.

Sylte was an Iraq war veteran in the process of being discharged, according to the Wisconsin National Guard.

The Lake City community rallied behind Schneider. The school at which his young children study sent him handmade cards and his supporters held a candlelight vigil outside the Mayo Clinic. On Facebook, the Prayer Page for Officer Shawn Schneider received more than 5,000 “Likes.”

On that page, there are hundreds of comments made by those who are mourning his death.

A fund has been set up to help Officer Schneider’s family. Donations can be sent to:

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

Comments (36)
  1. Rocky says:

    domestics are the worst to respond to, ppl are just crazy, cops have the toughest jobs out there……..

    1. JGE says:

      Rocky, you took the words right out of my mouth. My Dad was a policeman and he dreaded domestics. I’m so sorry for their loss.

  2. Alberta Lerwick says:

    My thoughts and prayers to his wife, children, family and community. He was a blessing and will be missed.

  3. Tom says:

    I feel for the cops family! And I have no respect for the Chicken #$%@ who shot him and then shoots and kills himself so that he doesn’t have do the time!

    1. Jay says:

      My personal thought is that Sylte saved the taxpayers a lot of money. No dragged out trial, no sentence that would be equal to the loss of a life, and we won because we taxpayers do not have to support his worthless life in prison..
      Thoughts nd prayers to the Officers family and friends.

  4. Matt says:

    Totally inappropriate comment at this difficult time!

    1. Lori says:

      I could not agree more. I am close to this family. People who post these mean things should be sent to do community service and have their mouths duc taped.

  5. G Dog says:

    The Thin Blue Line that puts their lives on the line every day, to protect the law abiding from the law breakers deserve our thanks and prayers every single day. One day Kathy, you will understand the depth of your shallowness and myopia. And when you do, you will rue the day that you posted such an unfeeling and idiotic comment.

    God Bless you Officer Schneider. And may God bless your family.


    1. Kevin says:

      Agree G Diggity Dog…Well said me boy….well said…God Bless this hero…and God support his family…and friends….and fellow officers…..

  6. God Bless Our Men in Blue says:

    Kathy/Joe, too bad there isn’t a do not respond list for disrespectful worms like you two.

    1. noinfringementallowed says:

      respect is earned! not just given!

  7. Another sad day in LE says:

    As someone who works on the margins of the law enforcement world, I have nothing but gratitude for the men and women who put their lives on the line every day.

  8. dan coyle says:

    Kathy’s note struck me as very immature. I can only hope for hersake she is very young, I suggest she ask herself if she truly feels she would be better off without police, highway patrol, etc. Officer Schneider was shot and killed doing his job which involves protecting or trying to protect innocent people. Had you Kathy as neighbor attempted to do what Shawn did, I would consider you worthy of additional commassion. That was not the case and I doubt it ever will be. I think you need to do some soul searching and grow up. I also think an apology is in order, but I won’t hold my breath. I will simply hope that some day you will realize how clueless you came across. Your desire to express your opinion so quickly, speaks volumes.

  9. RFF says:

    Having two nephews in Law enforcement And friends also. I pray that they stay safe every day. My thoughts and prayers go out to officer Schniders wife and children a long with his brothers and sisters in blue. RIP Our friend may God hold you in the palm of his hand.

  10. Susan says:

    Whoever Kathy is that posted a nasty comment, thank you WCCO for removing this, God bless this man and his family. A very sad and tragic event and ending.

  11. an officers wife says:

    they shouldn’t receive any less either…have some respect

  12. Brett says:

    I didn’t see Kathy’s’ post, but I assume that was probably one of the worst expressions ever posted on the internet. This FINE officer, who I have NEVER heard anything BAD of, sacrificed his LIFE to save another. He deserves the praise of a HERO, NOTHING LESS. He had a lot to lose, and lost it all, doing his duty that he knew someday it could cost him his life. I certainly hope that the communities down there support his family very well, especially during this time of year. Failure to do so would result in many others choosing a different career, and what you will end up with is a ‘junior varsity’ Police force.

    1. proud to be married to an officer says:

      Yes we should all be thankful for Officer Schneider’s service and his giving the ultimate sacrifce to protect and serve.

      The Final Inspection”

      The policeman stood and faced his God,
      Which must always come to pass.
      He hoped his shoes were shining.
      Just as brightly as his brass.

      “Step forward now, policeman.
      How shall I deal with you?
      Have you always turned the other cheek?
      To My church have you been true?”

      The policeman squared his shoulders and said,
      “No, Lord, I guess I ain’t,
      Because those of us who carry badges
      can’t always be a saint.

      I’ve had to work most Sundays,
      and at times my talk was rough,
      and sometimes I’ve been violent,
      Because the streets are awfully tough.

      But I never took a penny,
      That wasn’t mine to keep….
      Though I worked a lot of overtime
      When the bills got just too steep.

      And I never passed a cry for help,
      Though at times I shook with fear.
      And sometimes, God forgive me,
      I’ve wept unmanly tears.

      I know I don’t deserve a place
      Among the people here.
      They never wanted me around
      Except to calm their fear.

      If you’ve a place for me here,
      Lord, It needn’t be so grand.
      I never expected or had too much,
      But if you don’t…..I’ll understand.

      There was silence all around the throne
      Where the saints had often trod.
      As the policeman waited quietly,
      For the judgment of his God.

      “Step forward now, policeman,
      You’ve borne your burdens well.
      Come walk a beat on Heaven’s streets,
      You’ve done your time in hell.”

      Author Unknown

      1. an officers wife says:

        love this…thank you for posting….it is beautiful,

  13. proud to be married to an officer says:

    Yes there should be more respect. They are there 24/7 protecting and serving the public even people like you who do not have enough brains to recognize how they put their lives in danger every day. i am proud to be married to one of the men who wear the uniform and pray every day for all the men and women who wear the uniform.

    1. Patriot says:

      It should be illegal to criticize or disrespect law enforcement. Liberal traitors and minority criminals are constantly trying to I sult and degrade these heroes. Anyone who criticizes the police is a communist.

      1. Mike says:

        Any true American patriot understands how important free speech in this country is and spelled out quite clearly in the constitution. Too bad conservative ideologues like yourself really are fascists who denigrate your neighbors and co-workers who vote for the only legitimate political side of the isle who support the common man and not just the deep pockets of the few.

        It also is an unfortunate time and place to be commenting on anything else when the loss of an officer, killed in the line of duty is the story. As a liberal, and the son of a liberal police officer, I find your comment on the same level as Kathy’s.

      2. Patriot too says:

        really Patriot? An aside, liberals are patriotic too. Why take what is a tribute to somebody and pervert it into politics. Loser!

      3. proud to be married to an officer says:

        It should not be illegal to criticize but it is disrespectful and ignorant to do so. Usually it is people who are in trouble themselves with the law and want someone to blame other than themselves. It also has nothing to do with if one is a liberal or not, I consider myself a liberal and I am also married to a liberal police officer, so that is a non-argument and also ignorant.

        1. Patriot says:

          If you are a liberal, then minorities are playing you and your husband for fools every day. Your husband’s fellow officers must feel ashamed and betrayed. Why do you hate America and want to destroy the Liberty your husband has sworn to protect?

      4. what?!? says:

        Congrats – you just insulted all the “GOOD” police officers out there! Idiot!

  14. Brett says:

    Really??? Based on WHAT?? Please, please, elaborate. Include names as well, if you are able.

  15. Sue says:

    It is heartbreaking that Officer Schneider’s family will have to face the new year without him. My deepest sympathies go to his family and my gratitude and respect to him and his fellow officers.

  16. Crazy Joe says:

    A huge toast to all the folks in blue that put their lives on the line every day. You are all greatly appreciated.

  17. Rose says:

    I read Kathy’s post and was so disgusted by it. Thank you to WCCO for removing it. Also, most of all thank you to all the men and women in uniform that protect us everyday.
    May God be with his Wife and 3 children.

  18. Guy says:

    RIP – not much more to say…

  19. angus says:

    Patriot: You are apparently part of the Tea Party who think anyone who does not agree with you is a traitor. Another part of the problem is too many conservatives want to go back to no income tax, minorities knew their place, and women belonged in the kitchen. The world is changing every day. Liberals are trying to make this country better for everyone, not just the rich white folks. I will also defend your right to make an idiot of yourself. Incidentally, I know and have talked with police and firefighters and they cross the entire political spectrum.

    This is wonderful to see the support for law enforcement at this time. The next time you get pulled over for speeding, dwi, domestic quarell, etc. do not curse out the officer. Just remember this man who died protecting other people and thank your God that they are on duty.

  20. Po Po says:

    Rest In Peace Brother…. We’ll take it from here.

  21. Kevin says:

    I hope the killer is gang rap*d by Satan……and by Satan I mean anyone with a pen*s…..POS……

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