Update 7:50 p.m.: Man accused in Lake City officer shooting believed dead
LAKE CITY -- Police believe a body found at 618 West Lyons Ave. Monday evening is that of the man who shot a Lake City police officer earlier that morning. The Wabasha County medical examiner will officially identify the body to confirm that it is Alan J. Sylte, Jr., 25, of Hager City.
Lake City police officer Shawn Schneider, 32, was shot in the head Monday morning while he and another officer responded to that address for a reported domestic involving a handgun, Wabasha County Sheriff's Office said.
Schneider was transported to St. Marys Hospital, Rochester, and was still in critical condition as of Monday evening. Lake City Police Chief Gary Majchrzak said he visited the hospital and said while Schneider is not talking, there are reports he is responsive.
Schneider has been with the department for nine years, Sgt. Cory Kubista said. He is married and has three school-aged children.
"He is an outstanding member of the community," Kubista said at a press conference Monday evening, the fourth of the day.
A call was made to Lake City police Monday morning by a relative of the woman who had been inside the house. Police reported that she got out safely. The other officer also was not injured.
Law enforcement officials sent in video and audio equipment to scope out the home before entering.
Bluff View Elementary School, Lincoln High School and St. John's Lutheran School went into lockdown as a precaution. They remained in lockdown hours past regular school closings but students were released after the body was found Monday evening. Some were picked up by parents while bus routes also ran, authorities said.
More than 100 law enforcement officials were on the scene, including Goodhue County deputies, Red Wing police and authorities from Wabasha and Olmsted counties. The Bloomington Bomb Squad also was on the scene as authorities were taking extra precautions, they said.
Authorities will continue investigating how the situation played out, officials said. They encouraged anyone with information about the incident to contact the Wabasha County Sheriff's Office at 651-345-3391 or the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension at 651-793-7000.