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Search for Homicide Fugitive Moves to Prior Lake

Created: 09/03/2014 11:20 AM KAALtv.com

PRIOR LAKE, Minn. (AP) - The search for a homicide fugitive has shifted from the Anoka County airport in Blaine to Prior Lake following another possible sighting of the suspect.

Ramsey County sheriff's officials say various law enforcement agencies have responded to an area near the Mystic Lake Casino.

Lyle "Ty" Hoffman is accused of fatally shooting a business and romantic partner, Kelly Phillips, on Aug. 11 at an Arden Hills gas station.

There was no sign of Hoffman during a search Tuesday at the Anoka County-Blaine Airport. Blaine police said an officer saw a man who looked like Hoffman near the airport before daybreak.

The 44-year-old Minneapolis man is wanted in the shooting death of Phillips, a 48-year-old attorney for Boston Scientific. Police say a suspect who held up the TCF Bank in Blaine Sunday afternoon closely resembles Hoffman.

Lyle "Ty" Hoffman