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Name of deputy who fatally shot man in central Minnesota released: Suspect refused to put down shotgun, report says

Tyler Schmidtbauer

MILTONA, Minn. — A Miltona man refused orders to put down a shotgun when he was fatally shot early Tuesday morning, Feb. 26, by a Douglas County sheriff's deputy, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

The BCA released information on the shooting, along with the deputy's name, Thursday.

Deputy Alexander Herzberg fired his weapon after Tyler Schmidtbauer, 27, ignored orders to drop the shotgun, the BCA said. Herzberg, who has been with the sheriff's office for nearly two years, has been placed on standard administrative leave, along with the one other deputy who was on scene, according to authorities.

Schmidtbauer died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds sustained during the interaction with Herzberg and another deputy, according to Erik Thorson, communications director for Anoka County.

According to the BCA:

Douglas County sheriff's deputies arrived at the Miltona home shortly before 5:30 a.m. Tuesday following a 911 call about a domestic disturbance. When deputies announced their arrival, a man identified as Schmidtbauer came to the door holding a shotgun.

He did not comply with orders to drop the shotgun. At one point, Herzberg fired his weapon, striking Schmidtbauer.

Schmidtbauer was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was injured during the incident.

BCA crime scene personnel recovered a shotgun from near Schmidtbauer's body. According to the BCA, portions of the incident were captured by the deputies' body cameras.

Schmidtbauer has had run-ins with law enforcement in the past. According to Minnesota court records, he was convicted of felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle in 2017 in Douglas County, a felony theft of a firearm in 2015 in Todd County and a felony charge of fleeing an officer in 2013 in Wadena County. He was also convicted of several misdemeanor charges dating back to 2010.

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