Chase Tuseth

Chase Tuseth

MANKATO — A man shot and killed by a Mankato police officer at a hotel early Saturday morning was a Shakopee teacher from Chanhassen, according to the Mankato Free Press.

Chase Anthony Tuseth, 33, was a science and physical education teacher at Tokata Learning Center in Shakopee, the newspaper reported.

Mankato police, in a statement, said that a police officer responding to a disturbance at the hotel early Saturday morning confronted a white male and there was an altercation and the officer shot the man. Attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful, police said. The officer was treated at the Mankato hospital for unspecified injuries and released, police said.

Mankato police have referred all media questions to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which is conducting the investigation. Both local police and the BCA told the Free Press the identity of the dead man would be released by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's office, and officials at the medical examiner's office and officials at the medical examiner's office told The Free Press Saturday and again on Sunday that they do not release information to the media — referring questions to Mankato police and the BCA.

But family members came forward to put a face to the man even as they seek more answers from authorities about why he died, the Free Press reported.

According to the Free Press, Tuseth was the son of Tony and Mickie Tuseth of Stewartville, Minn. He was recruited to the Minnesota State University, Mankato track team and graduated in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in ecology and biology. He received a master's degree in secondary-education/life science from St. Mary's University in Minneapolis in 2015, the Free Press reported.

He taught English in Korea and obtained his Minnesota teacher's license in 2012 and taught at Watershed High School in Minneapolis and Integrated Arts Academy in Chaska before his current position in Shakopee, the newspaper reported.

The Shakopee School District said Monday that counselors will be at Tokata Learning Center Tuesday to talk with students as well as staff if they need support dealing with the death of Tuseth. Ashley McCray, the district’s communications supervisor, said students are encouraged to communicate their feelings.

Tuseth was hired by Shakopee Public Schools in August. He was a student in the licensing and leadership development program for educational administrators in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development at the University of Minnesota.

 “He was an innovative teacher,” said Eric Serbus, Tokata Learning Center principal. “He was always looking for the next and best way to connect with students. He brought his experience of project-based learning from the Integrated Arts Academy to Shakopee Public Schools. He was on the cutting edge of learning.”

 “I first met Chase over the summer when I was invited to be a guest speaker for the University of Minnesota’s educational leadership program,” said Shakopee school Superintendent Dr. Rod Thompson in a statement. “From our very first introduction, I immediately knew he would be an excellent addition to our district teaching staff and that he had the ‘it factor’ to become an exceptional administrator. We will miss his ambition, spirit, passion and dedication to our students and families.”