MANKATO, Minn. Jan 3 2017 - The man fatally shot by a Mankato Police officer early Saturday is being identified by multiple sources as a Twin Cities teacher.
The Mankato Free Press says 33-year-old Chase Tuseth was shot after a struggle with an officer responding to reports of a disturbance at the Country Inn and Suites around 4 a.m. Tuseth's uncle Mark Liptrap of Spokane, Washington told the paper that Tuseth was a graduate of Minnesota State University in Mankato, and was teaching biology, health and physical education at Tokata Learning Center in Shakopee.
Liptrap told the Free Press that his nephew was a quiet, polite man who had a history of drinking, sometimes to excess, but denied Tuseth was violent.
"I'm not saying Chase didn't do anything wrong. He did, in effect," Liptrap said. "But we think this is a case of excessive force. I mean, four shots? Come on."
Police say the officer confronted a man causing a disturbance and the two struggled. The incident ended with the officer discharging his or her weapon, striking the man. Resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is investigating the shooting. At this point very little information has been released on the incident.