The Free Press, Mankato, MN

January 17, 2013

Updated: One confirmed dead in standoff shooting in North Mankato

By Mark Fischenich
Free Press Staff Writer

NORTH MANKATO —  A three-hour stand-off at a residence on the North Mankato hilltop ended with multiple gunshots, a dead body and few immediate answers from police.

See timeline of events via Twitter.

The incident at 1610 Lor Ray Drive began at 11 a.m. with North Mankato police advising motorists that streets might be shut down in the area for what was called a “welfare check.” Within minutes, police from Mankato and North Mankato and a regional tactical response team had the home surrounded.

For most of the next three hours, the only sounds were the repetitious calls over a loudspeaker: “We need to make contact with you. Please come to a door or window.”

A few minutes later: “You’re not in any trouble. We need to make sure you are safe.”

Later still: “We’re here to help you. Please make contact with us.”

After 1 p.m: “Please come to a door or a window. We need to make sure you’re OK. Your family is concerned about you.”

At 1:37 p.m.: “If you want us to go away, you’re going to have to talk to us. We’re not going anywhere.”

Assault rifles were trained on the house throughout the stand-off.

Just after 2 p.m., officers entered the home. Several minutes elapsed before multiple gunshots filled the air in rapid succession. An ambulance waiting a block away was called in, exiting the property about five minutes later with a body.

At a late afternoon press briefing, North Mankato Police Chief Chris Boyer offered little information as to what happened, other than to confirm there was a death.

Boyer said police were called at 9:54 a.m. Thursday for a “high-risk welfare check” at 1610 Lor Ray Drive. Boyer said it was a high risk check because there were guns present.

Police decided to call in the tactical response team made up of officers from Nicollet, Blue Earth and Le Sueur counties, Boyer said.

He said shots were fired and there was a death. He said the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is conducting interviews and doing lab work at the scene and will be the agency that releases the name of the deceased at a later time.

Boyer, who said officials would provide more information on the events on Friday, would not take questions at the press briefing.

The property is owned by 83-year-old Lloyd Hodgson Tschohl, according to Nicollet County tax records. Formerly a farmstead, the home is now surrounded by apartment buildings, businesses and other development, although Tschohl’s property still contains more than 6 acres of land.

The stand-off resulted in the closing of the Lee Boulevard from the bottom of the hill to Roe Crest Drive and Lor Ray Drive for roughly one block in each direction from the scene. Hilltop schools, including South Central College, were put on alert.

By 2:45 p.m., the “soft lock-down” at SCC was lifted and Dakota Middle School students were allowed to leave at their regular dismissal time.