ST. PAUL — The officer who fired his weapon during an officer involved shooting incident on Sunday, January 13, has been identified. Officer Dale Marcus has been with the Duluth Police Department for 21 years. Officer Marcus is on standard administrative leave.
The Duluth Police Department on Monday identified the injured officer as Officer Aaron Haller, who has been with the department for four years. His K-9 partner Haas was killed during the incident.
In addition, the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the man who died during the incident as Taylor Joseph Turek, 27, of 1021 West Skyline Parkway. The medical examiner determined that Turek was shot once. He died of a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is investigating the officer involved shooting incident at the request of the Duluth Police Department.
Officers responded to a 911 call about a domestic assault involving an individual possibly barricaded with a gun. Upon arrival, officers determined that the individual, now identified as Turek, was barricaded in a room adjacent to the garage. Officers positioned themselves at locations around the home and in the garage.
After approximately an hour of attempting to convince Turek to exit the room to be taken into custody, officers opened the service door to the room. At one point, Turek fired his gun, striking Officer Haller and killing Haas. Also at one point, Officer Marcus fired his gun.
Officers and responding ambulance personnel attempted medical aid but Turek was declared deceased at the scene. Officer Haller was taken to Essentia St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth where he was treated for injuries sustained when he was struck in the vest by a bullet. He was later released.
BCA crime scene personnel recovered a handgun next to Turek’s body. Body cameras worn by the officers captured the incident.
The BCA investigation into the incident is ongoing. Agents continue to conduct interviews and analyze evidence to determine the facts of the situation. Once the investigation is complete, the BCA will turn its findings over without recommendation to the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office for review.
The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office and Duluth Police Department provided assistance securing the scene.