Police Say Death of Lincoln Park Teen was Gunshot Wound to the Head

Police tape blocks the yard of at least one house in Lincoln Park Monday morning. Police tape blocks the yard of at least one house in Lincoln Park Monday morning.  |  Photo: WDIO-TV

Updated: May 28, 2019 08:12 PM

Duluth Police said the death of a teen who died in the Lincoln Park neighborhood Monday was caused by a gunshot wound to the head. Police said they don't know yet how he was shot, which is why the death continues to be under investigation. 


"We received a preliminary report confirming the cause of death as a gunshot wound to the head, however the manner of death is still pending further investigation. We will provide more details as they become available," Ingrid Hornibrook, the public information officer for the Duluth Police Department, said.

Police said 16-year-old Ausineese Aubin Dufault died when officers responded to the report of the sound of a gunshot at a residence at 2122 W 3rd St. around 2:47 a.m. Upon arrival, officers found Dufault's body. He was pronounced dead at the scene from the gunshot wound.

An investigation of the scene was immediately conducted by Crime Scene Unit investigators and the Violent Crimes Unit.

Duluth Police said Tuesday that the evidence collected and the body of Dufault was sent to the Midwest Medical Examiners to conduct an autopsy and laboratory testing.

"It’s always sad when you hear anything like this happening in any one of our neighborhoods here in Duluth,” Jodi Broadwell, a Lincoln Park resident, said.

Police tape blocked off two houses on the 2100 block of West 3rd Street, and multiple squads were on scene throughout the morning Monday. By the afternoon, the houses were no longer taped off. 

"There’s the occasional here and there. It's a pretty safe neighborhood to live in. I’ve been here for nine years and I feel very safe here and I love this neighborhood," Broadwell said.

Investigators said Monday that they were actively reviewing the scene and added that they do not believe there is a threat to the public.

"It’s unfortunate what happened last night. I hope the Duluth Police Department can get to the bottom of what happened and we can move forward as a community and try to prevent things like this from happening in the future," Broadwell said.

Hornibrook said the DPD must limit details of Dufault's death to ensure the validity of the information they received and to not negatively impact the investigation.

"We ask that people allow us to complete an accurate and thorough investigation and refrain from spreading rumors via social media. We will provide information as soon as we are able," Hornibrook said.

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