CHISAGO COUNTY, Minn. (KMSP) - The Chisago County sheriff’s office SWAT team was called around 2 a.m. Sunday to assist in dealing with a homicide suspect who crashed on Highway 8 in Taylors Falls, Minnesota, after a chase that started in Wisconsin and spanned more than 50 miles.
The homicide suspect, 28-year-old Logan Reese of Glenwood City, Wisconsin, shot at several officers before turning the gun on himself.
The scene is now secure, and Highway 8 from Herberg Road to Interstate Park has reopened after being shut down for investigation.
Responding to the call
Around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, the St. Croix County sheriff's office responded to 733 North Meadow Drive in Hudson Township, Wisconsin, on a report of a violent domestic dispute with a 28-year-old man who stabbed a family member and beat another with a stick.
When deputies arrived, they learned that the mother was still inside the home along with the armed suspect. According to a press release, deputies located the mother who was suffering obvious stab wounds, and they removed her from the residence and took her to a waiting ambulance. She was then pronounced deceased.
The mother has been identified as 49-year-old Charlene Wold. After searching the area, deputies were unable to locate the suspect at the scene.
Deputies determined that the suspect was likely driving a white Pontiac Grand Am and had fled the scene prior to the deputies’ arrival.
Shortly before 1 a.m., as deputies were driving to Reese's address, the St. Croix County 911 Center received a 911 call from a neighbor reporting a fire in the suspect’s apartment.
An officer with the Woodville Wisconsin Police Department spotted a white Pontiac Grand Am driving on Highway 12. As the officer followed the suspect and waited for additional units to arrive, the suspect shot his gun at the Woodville Officer.
The Woodville Officer then "activated his emergency equipment and engaged in a pursuit of the suspect," the press release said.
Several other agencies helped in the chase and in deflating Reese's tires.
The pursuit covered more than 50 miles through St. Croix and Polk Counties in Wisconsin and ended in Chisago County, Minnesota. During the pursuit the suspect fired multiple rounds at law enforcement before crashing into a median barrier on Highway 8 in Chisago County, Minnesota.
Upon crashing, the suspect fired more shots.
Shortly after 2 a.m., Reese was found dead inside his vehicle with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
The St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation for the occurrences in Wisconsin and the Chisago County Minnesota Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation for Minnesota.
No other information is being released at this time.
The St. Croix County sheriff's office released the following statement: “Our hearts go out to the family in this case. I would also like to thank the various agencies who assisted and continue to assist my office with this investigation” said St. Croix County Sheriff John Shilts.