News Update: Deputy and Subject Identified in Douglas County Officer Involved Shooting

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has identified a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy who fired his weapon during an officer involved shooting incident earlier this week.

Deputy Alexander Herzberg has been with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office for nearly two years. Deputy Herzberg is on standard administrative leave.

The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office yesterday identified the man who died during the incident as Tyler Scott Schmidtbauer, 27, of 437 2nd Avenue North in Miltona. Schmidtbauer died of multiple gunshot wounds.

The BCA is investigating the incident at the request of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a news release from the MN Department of Public Safety, Douglas County sheriff’s deputies arrived at the home shortly before 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 26, following a 911 call about a domestic disturbance. When deputies announced their arrival, a man now identified as Schmidtbauer came to the door holding a shotgun. Schmidtbauer ignored deputies’ orders to drop the shotgun. At one point, Deputy Herzberg fired his weapon, striking Schmidtbauer. Schmidtbauer was pronounced deceased at the scene. No one else was injured during the incident.

BCA crime scene personnel recovered a shotgun from near Schmidtbauer’s body. Portions of the incident were captured on body camera video.

The BCA investigation into the incident is ongoing. Agents continue to conduct interviews and analyze evidence to determine the facts of the incident. Once the investigation is complete, the BCA will turn its findings over without recommendation to the Douglas County Attorney’s Office for review.

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