Mankato Officer Cleared in Fatal Shooting of Shakopee Teacher

Mankato Officer Cleared in Fatal Shooting of Shakopee Teacher Photo: Beth McDonough

November 17, 2017 11:59 AM

Prosecutors said a Mankato public safety officer acted within the law when he used deadly force against a Shakopee teacher last December.

Officer Gary Schnorenberg shot 33-year-old Chase Tuseth of Chanhassen during a fight at a hotel on New Year's Eve day. 

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Stearns County Attorney Janelle Kendall said Tuseth behaved erratically and failed to respond to verbal commands. When Schnorenberg's Taser failed to subdue him, Tuseth began kicking and punching the officer and made no attempt to run.

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"His assault ... which left Officer Schnorenberg laying on the tile floor stunned and fearing for his life, made it reasonable to conclude that the use of deadly force was necessary to protect himself and possibly others," Kendall said. 

Schnorenberg had responded to a disturbance call at a Country Inn and Suites in Mankato just after 4 a.m. 

According to Kendall, Tuseth became aggressive, so Schnorenberg deployed his taser twice in an attempt to control him.

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When Schnorenberg attempted to handcuff him on the ground, Tuseth resisted, and a struggle ensued. Tuseth came to kick Schnorenberg in the head while on the ground, Kendall said. 

Schnorenberg said he feared another kick to his head would render him unconscious, and he couldn't access his nightstick. Schnorenberg shot Tuseth three times, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Kendall said Tuseth was found to possess drugs such as ecstasy and acid. Tests showed ecstasy and amphetamines were found in Tuseth's blood and urine but not acid.

Kendall also said Schnorenberg's actions were deemed reasonable even though his squad car camera did not begin recording in time to capture the altercation. 

The full statement can be found here. 

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