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Cook County Commissioner Sue Hakes has announced that the Cook County courthouse, closed after a shooting incident at approximately 4:20 p.m. on Thursday, December 15, will re-open on Tuesday, December 20. Some meeting schedules and locations have been changed.
The courthouse was closed to allow the Minnesota Bureau of Apprehension (BCA) to investigate the shooting that occurred in the county attorney’s office at the conclusion of a criminal sexual conduct case. The defendant in that trial, Daniel Sidney Schlienz, 42, was arrested at the scene of the shooting. He is now incarcerated at Cook County jail. Charges will be announced on Monday, December 19.
Injured in the incident were two shooting victims—County Attorney Tim Scannell and a subpoenaed witness in the trial that had just ended, Greg Thompson. Cook County Sheriff Deputy/Court Bailiff Gary Radloff was injured in a struggle with Schlienz, as was Assistant County Attorney Molly Hicken. They were transported to Cook County North Shore Hospital in Grand Marais where they were treated and released.
Scannell and Thompson were transported by Cook County Ambulance to Essentia Health Medical Center in Duluth, MN, arriving at approximately 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., respectively. At the press conference, Sheriff Falk said at the time of transport, both men were conscious and talking.
Contacted by phone on December 16, Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center spokeswoman Beth Johnson confirmed the injuries reported. Tim Scannell was shot three times—twice in the abdomen, once in the groin area. He underwent surgery at 9 p.m. and came through surgery well. Johnson said his condition is “fair.”
On Friday, December 16, the MN Department of Public Safety, along with the Cook County Sheriff's Office and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension held a press conference following the shooting at the Cook County Courthouse on Thursday, December 15.
Video by Stephan Hoglund.
At approximately 4:20 p.m. this afternoon, calls were made to Cook County Law Enforcement reporting a shooting at the Cook County courthouse. Sheriff Deputies and State Patrol Officers responded and confirmed that shots had been fired in the Cook County attorney’s office on the second floor. Three Cook County ambulances came to the scene. Two victims were transported, according to Sheriff Mark Falk who said he could release no further details at this time.
One ambulance is on the way to a Duluth hospital at this time.
According to witnesses, an individual was taken into custody. All of the people at the courthouse at the time of the shooting are being held there to give witness statements and the courthouse is closed to the public.