St. Paul law office shooting victim: Chase Passauer, 23

- St. Paul police have identified the victim in Thursday’s Cathedral Hill law office shooting as 23-year-old Chase Passauer of Minneapolis.

Police were called to the 300 block of Selby Avenue in St. Paul at about 4 p.m. Thursday, where they found the young law clerk in the second-floor offices of North Star Criminal Defense. Passauer was pronounced dead at the scene.

Thursday night, the suspected shooter was located near Shafer, Minn. in Chisago County. After an 11-mile police chase, 37-year-old Ryan David Petersen was arrested without incident near Stillwater, Minn.

Statement from North Star Criminal Defense

It is impossible to fathom or understand what happened yesterday at our office. We are working through this difficult time as best as we can. But we are grieving the loss of an incredible young man with such a bright and promising future. He wasn’t just our employee. He was our friend. Our brother. He will be missed, but never forgotten.

We ask that everyone continue to keep him and his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers at this time. They are a loving and strong family.

We would like to thank those in the criminal bar and the bench. The outreach and want to help by our colleagues from both sides of the aisle is immense. We are incredibly appreciative of this and it has helped us forge on. Despite this grieving process, our clients should be assured that we remain focused on advancing their cases.

Finally, we thank the diligent efforts made by law enforcement in the r investigation and apprehension of the suspect. They have been extremely professional, responsive, and helpful the entire time.

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