ROCHESTER, Minn. (WXOW) -- After nearly two weeks, Lake City Police officer Shawn Schneider has died at the age of 32 after being shot in the line of duty.
Officer Schneider had been listed in critical condition at Saint Mary's Hospital in Rochester since he was shot Dec. 19 outside a home in Lake City.
Since then, Schneider has been called a hero.
He was responding to a domestic call at a Lake City home on the 600 block of Lyon Avenue after a disagreement between a 17-year-old girl and her ex-boyfriend turned violent.
Court documents say Schneider had helped get the girl out of the home, when 25-year-old Alan Sylte, Jr. shot him in the head. Sylte was later found in the home dead from a gunshot wound.
Schneider was taken by helicopter to Saint Mary's Hospital.
Since then, there has been an outpouring of support for the officer and his family.
Several hundred well-wishers attended a makeshift prayer vigil Dec. 20 outside of Saint Mary's Hospital. A special Christmas tree was lit in support of Schneider.
Then the next day, more than 1,000 people poured into Patton Park in Lake City for another candlelight ceremony.
There, donations were taken for the family Schneider now leaves behind.
Homes around southeastern Minnesota left porch lights on to show their support as well.
Officer Schneider is survived by his wife and three young children.
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