Wife: Drowned Veteran in St. Cloud Struggled with Post-Traumatic Stress

May 10, 2018 06:20 PM


A Minnesota woman says her military veteran husband was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder when he walked into the Mississippi River never to be seen alive again.


Witnesses told police that 49-year-old Shannon Shaw started to swim across the massive waterway at St. Cloud on Monday afternoon.

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They lost sight of him when he was about halfway across.

Authorities found Shaw's body Tuesday night.

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The Star Tribune reports that Kristi Shaw said her husband hadn't been able to find help for the PTSD that he had struggled with since he served in the U.S. Army's military police in Germany in the 1990s.

How to get help

Here are some resources for those struggling with a mental health crisis:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Crisis Text Line – text “MN” to 741741
  • In Twin Cities metro area, using a cell phone, you can also dial **CRISIS (**274747) to be connected with your county’s mental health crisis team

Shaw had been discharged from the emergency room at St. Cloud Hospital just before he entered the river. The hospital hasn't disclosed what treatment he received.

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The hospital submitted the following statement to KSTP: 

We are saddened by this unfortunate loss of life. We can confirm the patient was admitted to our emergency room Monday morning and was discharged after a thorough evaluation. Without violating patient privacy, we cannot disclose any additional information.

We recognize this is an ongoing investigation and we are working with authorities to understand what led to this tragic outcome.


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