The man shot and killed by a police officer in a Mankato hotel on New Year’s Day was a teacher at an alternative high school in Shakopee.
Chase A. Tuseth, a graduate of Minnesota State University Mankato who taught high school in Shakopee, was shot early Saturday morning in the Country Inn and Suites off Hwy. 22, according to authorities and relatives. Tuseth was killed by officer Gary Schnorenberg, who was called to a heated encounter between Tuseth and hotel staff, during which the teacher reportedly went behind the hotel lobby counter and began throwing things, authorities said.
Schnorenberg, a 30-year veteran of the Mankato Department of Public Safety, remained on paid administrative leave, the standard procedure when an officer fires a gun, state Department of Public Safety officials said in a news release Monday. Schnorenberg’s attorney Eric Nelson declined to comment Monday.
The shooting occurred just after 4 a.m. Saturday, a short time after a hotel employee called 911 to report that Tuseth was throwing items from behind the counter, authorities said. Shortly after arriving, Schnorenberg encountered Tuseth in a hallway near the hotel’s pool and Schnorenberg used his Taser against the man after he ignored “several verbal commands,” the news release said.
Schnorenberg was trying to handcuff Tuseth, who “broke free and began hitting and kicking” the officer, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which is investigating the shooting. Moments later, Tuseth was dead. Efforts to resuscitate him at the scene were unsuccessful, authorities said.