BCA identifies man who stabbed police officer, before killing himself

It followed a call to a domestic incident in Willmar on Friday.
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Willmar Police Department

Investigators have released more details about an incident in Willmar in which an officer was stabbed multiple times by a man who then killed himself.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has released an update in its investigation into the incident on Friday in which a man died, and an officer opened fire while she was being stabbed.

Killed in the exchange was Jose Reyna Lozano, 38, who died of suicide after he cut his own throat with a box cutter.

Police had been called to the scene in response to a domestic incident at 816 Mary Avenue Southeast, with Officers Nicole Wortham and Noah Maschino, both of Willmar PD, arriving to find Lozano in an upstairs bedroom with a box cutter held to his throat.

Per the BCA, Wortham arrived first and fired her Taser when Lozano failed to drop the knife. Lozano then cut his throat, and a struggle ensued in which Wortham was stabbed multiple times in the neck and shoulder.

She fired her gun at this point, hitting Lozano in the leg.

Maschino then arrived and found Lozano still threatening himself and Wortham with the knife, with Maschino then firing his Taser and handcuffed Lozano, who lost consciousness.

Lifesaving measures were then applied to Lozano and Wortham, with Lozano pronounced dead at the scene, while Wortham was airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital, and has since been released.

The BCA says that a woman in the house was also suffering a knife injury, and has since been released.

Parts of the incident were captured on bodycam video. Both officers are on standard administrative leave.

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