Authorities: Man Died of Self-Inflicted Shot after Wounding Officer, Killing Dog |

Authorities: Man Died of Self-Inflicted Shot after Wounding Officer, Killing Dog

Updated: January 15, 2019 05:58 PM
Created: January 15, 2019 12:00 AM

State investigators say it was a self-inflicted gunshot wound that killed a man shortly after he allegedly wounded a Duluth police officer and killed a police dog.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says 27-year-old Taylor Joseph Turek died during the incident at 1021 West Skyline Parkway on Sunday evening.  Police had responded to the home after a 911 caller reported a domestic assault.

The BCA says Turek was barricaded in a room adjacent to the garage and they were told that he may have a gun.

After an hour of unsuccessfully trying to convince Turek to exit the room, officers opened a service door.  The BCA says Turek fired his gun, wounding Officer Aaron Haller and killing K9 dog Haas.

Another officer also fired his gun at one point, but the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office determined that it was actually a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head that took Turek's life.  He was shot once.

BCA crime scene personnel recovered a handgun next to Turek's body.

The BCA says the bullet that was fired at Officer Haller hit his protective vest, and he was treated at a hospital and later released.

The officer who fired the shot is on standard administrative leave.  The BCA investigation is still underway and their findings will be turned over to the St. Louis County Attorney to consider whether any charges should be filed in the case.

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