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Minnesota BCA releases new information on Willmar domestic incident where a suspect died and an officer injured

Suspect in domestic incident Friday dies from self-inflicted wound during a confrontation with Willmar Police officers.

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A Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension vehicle as well as other police cars mark the 800 block of Mary Avenue Southeast where a Willmar police officer was injured while responding to a domestic incident Friday morning in Willmar. The suspect in the case is deceased. Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune

WILLMAR — The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has released new information regarding a domestic incident early Friday morning in Willmar that left one person dead and an officer in critical condition.

According to the BCA, Law enforcement responded to the call around 5:40 a.m. Friday on the 800 block of Mary Avenue Southeast where they encountered Jose Reyna Lozano, 38, of Willmar, holding a knife and a box cutter to his throat.

After he ignored commands to drop the weapon, Willmar Police officer Nicole Wortham tased Lozano.

Wortham engaged in a struggle with Lozano and was cut multiple times, eventually discharging her weapon, striking Lozano in the leg. Another officer, Noah Maschino, discharged their taser during the incident.

At one point, Lozano cut his throat and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

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The cause of death is listed as a suicide due to a sharp force injury to the neck by the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office.

After being stabbed, Wortham was taken by ambulance to Carris Health-Rice Memorial Hospital and then airlifted to the hospital in St. Cloud. She was released from the CentraCare St. Cloud hospital Saturday and was able to return to her home.

A woman who was in the home was also injured by the suspect. She was treated at Carris Health-Rice Memorial Hospital and released.

The BCA investigation is ongoing. When completed, the BCA will present its findings without recommendation to the Kandiyohi County Attorney’s Office for review.

This is a developing story. Watch wctrib.com for further updates.

Mark Wasson has been a public safety reporter with Post Bulletin since May 2022. Previously, he worked as a general assignment reporter in the southwest metro and as a public safety reporter in Willmar, Minn. Readers can reach Mark at mwasson@postbulletin.com.
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