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February 24, 2013

Documents, recollections differ in fatal North Mankato standoff

NORTH MANKATO — A search warrant affidavit written by a North Mankato police detective, initial police reports, and additional information from witnesses provide conflicting information about what led to the police shooting death of 83-year-old Lloyd Tschohl.

Police were called to Tschohl’s house at 1610 Lor Ray Drive around 10 a.m. Jan. 17 for what was described as a welfare check. When he refused to come outside, the regional River Valley Tactical Response Team was called because officers were concerned about weapons they knew Tschohl had in the house. They also were concerned about public safety because Tschohl’s house is close to the busy intersection of Lee Boulevard and Lor Ray Drive.

After spending hours attempting to get Tschohl to surrender, members of the response team approached the house from both sides at about 2 p.m. Tschohl fired shots from inside the house at that time, then was shot and killed a short time later when he came out of the house firing two handguns, according to law enforcement news releases about the incident.

The incident is under investigation by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Those investigators haven’t released their findings about the standoff.

But Tschohl’s 50-year-old adopted daughter, who initially called 911 because she was concerned about him, said her memory about what led up to the standoff is different from the information in the affidavit used to justify a search of Tschohl’s home after he was killed. Audrey Lynn Telthoester-Tschohl lives in an apartment on the second floor of Tschohl’s house.

Telthoester-Tschohl said her only 911 call about Tschohl’s situation was made Jan. 16, the evening before the standoff. She said she explained then that Tschohl was saying things that made her concerned he was a harm to himself and others. Tschohl had told her he believed there were people outside his home who were trying to get him and he wanted to shoot them.

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