Shakopee Teacher Killed in Mankato Officer-Involved Shooting

January 03, 2017 08:40 AM

A man who was killed in an officer-involved shooting early Saturday in Mankato has been identified as a teacher in the Shakopee school district.

Shakopee Public Schools released a statement identifying the man as 33-year-old Chase Tuseth of Chanhassen, who was a science and physical education teacher at Tokata Learning Center. He also worked at the Integrated Arts Academy in Chaska before that.


“Chase possessed a tremendous spirit and passion for education,” Principal Eric Serbus said in a statement. “We will miss his thoughtfulness, kindness, as well as his dedication to our students and community.”

Shakopee school officials say Tuseth was also a student in the licensing and leadership development program for educational administrators in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development at the University of Minnesota.

READ: Mankato Police Officer Shoots and Kills Man at Hotel

According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, the incident was reported at 4 a.m. Saturday at the Country Inn & Suites off Highways 22 and 14.

Authorities say a clerk called 911 after a stranger came behind the desk in the lobby and started throwing things. Within minutes, Mankato police officers responded.

One of the officers confronted Tuseth in a hallway near the pool and said Tuseth refused to follow commands, so a Taser was used on him. Tuseth broke free while being arrested and started hitting and kicking the officer, according to DPS. The officer then fired his weapon, hitting Tuseth. 

Police say Tuseth was not able to be revived.

The officer was identified as Officer Gary Schnorenberg, who has been with the Mankato Department of Public Safety for 30 years. He was treated for injuries at Mayo Hospital in Mankato and released. Authorities confirm he's on paid leave, which is standard in officer-involved shootings.   

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has taken over the investigation.

The school district says counselors will be at school Tuesday to talk with students and staff who may need support.


Jennie Lissarrague

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