More details have been released regarding a Willmar domestic incident that left one dead and an officer injured

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 — A Willmar man died after cutting his throat during a confrontation with police responding to a domestic incident early Friday morning in Willmar.

According to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Jose Reyna Loranzo, 38, was pronounced deceased after engaging in a struggle with multiple officers from the Willmar Police Department.

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Jose Reyna Lozano, Willmar, Minnesota

Officer Nicole Wortham, a three-year veteran of the force, was the first on the scene after law enforcement received a 911 call of a domestic incident around 5:40 a.m. Friday on the 800 block of Mary Avenue Southeast.


Wortham located Lozano in an upstairs bedroom where he held a knife and a box cutter to his throat.

According to a news release from the BCA, Lozano ignored Wortham's commands to drop his weapons, at which point Wortham stunned Lozano with a Taser. A struggle ensued during which Lozano stabbed Wortham multiple times in her neck and shoulder. During the struggle, Lozano cut his throat.

At one point, Wortham shot Lozano in the leg.

Officer Noah Maschino, who has been with the department since 2019, arrived and located Lozano on the bedroom floor.

Lozano continued to threaten himself and Wortham with the knife.

Maschino then stunned Lozano with a Taser and placed him in handcuffs.

At one point, Lozano lost consciousness.

Maschino and additional responding officers attempted life-saving measures on both Lozano and Wortham.


Lozano was ultimately pronounced deceased at the scene. According to the BCA, the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office determined Lozano died of suicide due to a sharp-force injury to the neck.

Wortham was taken by ambulance to Carris Health-Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar and then airlifted to CentraCare St. Cloud Hospital.

Wortham was released from the St. Cloud hospital on Saturday after being treated for injuries suffered during the incident.

At one point during the incident, a female in the home suffered a knife injury. The woman was treated at Carris Health-Rice Memorial Hospital and released.

Portions of the incident were captured on body camera video. The BCA investigation is ongoing. When completed, the BCA will present its findings without recommendation to the Kandiyohi County Attorney’s Office for review.

Both Wortham and Maschino are on standard administrative leave.

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
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