By Tim Krohn
Free Press Staff Writer
NORTH MANKATO — An 83-year-old North Mankato man had made threats to kill someone and shot at officers several times before they returned fire that killed him during a standoff Thursday at his home.
Lloyd Hodgson Tschohl died of multiple gunshot wounds after the four-hour standoff.
Officials said that the day before the shooting police had tried twice to check on Tschohl because family members were worried about him and said he had made “homicidal statements” and had guns in the house.
Authorities said that after a four-hour standoff Thursday, officers tried to get closer to the house to look inside when Tschohl shot at them through a front window and a rear door. A short time later, he went out the back door carrying two guns and began firing at officers. Three officers returned fire.
The three officers who shot Tschohl are on standard administrative leave.
The case is being investigated by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension at the request of the North Mankato Police Department.
The BCA released the following outline of what happened:
On Wednesday, North Mankato police received a call from a family member of Tschohl requesting a welfare check. Police officers attempted two welfare checks at the residence that day, but Tschohl refused to speak with officers.
Family members contacted police again Thursday, saying they were concerned about Tschohl’s welfare, reporting he had made “homicidal statements” and that he had weapons in his home.
North Mankato police officers arrived at the residence around 10 a.m., but Tschohl would not come outside to speak with officers. They called in the River Valley Tactical Response Team.
Three hours later, officers approached the house to get a better view inside and Tschohl fired at police. Tschohl exited a short time later through the back carrying two handguns. He began firing upon the officers, and they returned fire, striking Tschohl. He was taken by ambulance to Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Mankato where he was pronounced dead.
Officer Daniel Forester, nine-year veteran of the North Mankato Police Department, Officer Douglas Frericks, who has been with the Mankato Department of Public Safety for 26 years, and Sgt. Jeffrey Knutson, 10-year veteran of the Mankato Deptartment of Public Safety, are on standard administrative leave. All are members of the River Valley Tactical Response Team.
The team is made up of officers from the Mankato Department of Public Safety, the North Mankato Police Department, the St. Peter Police Department, the Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office and the Nicollet County Sheriff’s Office.
BCA agents and crime scene personnel are gathering evidence and interviewing those involved and any witnesses. Once the investigation is complete, the BCA will turn its findings over to the Nicollet County Attorney’s Office for review.