Duluth Police Chief: 'We Will Not Compromise a Homicide Investigation'

Heidi Enninga
February 16, 2017 09:20 PM

Just over two days since a fatal shooting in Duluth's East Hillside neighborhood, Police Chief Mike Tusken took questions from reporters. 

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Chief Tusken said on Thursday that a homicide is the most important investigation police deal with and that around the clock, investigators have been trying to piece together what happened. 

Tuesday afternoon The Duluth Police Department responded to a shooting on the 500 block of East 11th Street. The victim in that crime, 22 year-old William Andrew Grahek, was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

Grahek was a UMD student and rugby player, a specialist in the Army Reserves and the son of a St. Paul police officer. 

"(It's a) terrible tragedy for this community, terrible tragedy for his family," Tusken said. 

On Wednesday, a chief deputy told the Duluth News Tribune that the crime was not random. However, when asked on Thursday, Tusken said he could not comment on whether Grahek was specifically targeted. 

The chief said he also could not give any information about a possible motive. 

"We have reached a point in our investigation where releasing further information would damage our case or potentially damage our case, and we will not compromise a homicide investigation for feeding information," Tusken said. "Although we know the community really, really wants to have more information, there's just certain things that we just can't say right now to maintain the integrity of our investigation."

Tusken said for the sake of the family and the community, the department wants to get this investigation right. 

There was one person of interest detained on Tuesday night, then released. The chief said Thursday, that no one was in custody.


Heidi Enninga

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