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Man fatally shot during fight with Mankato police officer was Twin Cities teacher


The unarmed man who was shot and killed by a Mankato police officer during a scuffle in a hotel lobby on New Year's Eve was a 33-year-old biology teacher from the Twin Cities who was admired by his colleagues.

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.


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