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Statement on Death of MN Dept. of Corrections Officer Tyler Abel

6/5/2023 3:45:13 PM

I’d like to extend my deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the family of Corrections Officer Tyler Abel, whose death this weekend is both tragic and troubling.

Abel, 42, was shot and killed Saturday night in St. Croix County, WI by law enforcement officers who responded to a domestic disturbance call at his home. According to the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office, Abel confronted law enforcement officers with a gun. No one else was injured in the incident.

After spending approximately 20 years in manufacturing, Abel changed careers and was hired as a corrections officer with the Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) in April of 2022. He worked at Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater where he was well-liked and highly regarded by many staff.

The Minnesota Department of Corrections Peer Support Team will assist all staff members who want or need help during this time. The team can provide support and resources to staff as they process this news.

DOC Commissioner Paul Schnell

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