Firefighter killed in Forada assault tried to escort attacker from bar over marijuana pipe use

Steven 'Beaver' Hlinsky died eight days after the assault.
Author:
Publish date:

Two men have been charged with a brutal assault on Forada volunteer firefighter Steven "Beaver" Hlinsky, who collapsed and died eight days after it happened.

Troy Nathan Traut, 33, of Alexandria, and Jacob Elmo Larson, 33, of Kensington, were charged with one count of 1st degree manslaughter and two counts of 5th degree assault, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office confirmed Friday.

According to the criminal complaint, video from inside the Muddy Boot Bar and Grill in Forado shows both men were at a table with two others in the early hours of Saturday, May 5.

Traut appeared on several occasions to approach Hlinsky, 46, of rural Alexandria, in an "agitated or aggressive" manner, at one point grabbing a beer bottle in front of Hlinsky and throwing it against the wall, as well as flipping a cup in front of him.

During these incidents, Hlinsky "remains calm, stays seated and does not react."

Today's Top Stories

– Explosion of aggressive gnats is causing misery across southern Twin Cities.

– Brit's Pub was packed with Royal Wedding fans.

– Sign up for our daily newsletters.

It was when Larson approached later smoking a marijuana pipe, blowing the smoke into Hlinsky's face, that he took action, appearing to escort Larson out of the bar while talking with the bartender.

As the bar door opened however, Traut – who was smoking a cigarette outside – pulled Hlinsky's arms outside and put him in a headlock.

The assault, which wasn't captured on video, then took place outside, with Hlinsky sustaining horrific injuries that included a fractured eye socket, a torn retina, bleeding around the brain and possible internal injuries.

He died on Sunday, May 13, two days after he was released from St. Cloud Hospital.

When interviewed by police, Traut said he'd had an argument with Hlinsky over a romantic relationship in which he believed Hlinsky was involved.

He claims that as he came back into the bar later after having his cigarette, he saw Hlinsky fighting with Larson.

Next Up

minneapolis police

Police arrest man in connection to deadly Minneapolis hit-and-run

The victim died the scene in north Minneapolis on Friday.

Jordan Greenway

Wild's fast start vanishes in loss to Coyotes

Arizona scored five unanswered goals in a 5-2 loss.

Screen Shot 2021-03-06 at 4.12.00 PM

Police seeking tips in search for road rage shooting suspect

The incident took place in Maplewood last week.

Paige Bueckers

Paige Bueckers lands on Wooden Award list for women's college basketball

The Hopkins grad is the only freshman on the 15-player ballot.

Jamal Mashburn Jr.

Gophers fall under .500 after OT loss to Rutgers

The Gophers are under .500 for the first time this season.

police tape, crime scene

Man arrested for killing of his father in Wabasha County

The 73-year-old man was found dead at a home in rural Zumbro Falls.

Jake Odorizzi

Report: Jake Odorizzi to sign with Astros

The former Twins pitcher is headed to Houston on a two-year deal.

covid-19, coronavirus

South African COVID-19 variant detected in Wisconsin

There have been no cases of the South African strain found in Minnesota.

Brian Dutcher

Could Brian Dutcher be Gophers target to replace Richard Pitino?

Dutcher's contract has a buyout clause that could lead him to Minnesota.

Related

Listen to the emotional final call for slain firefighter Beaver Hlinsky

Hundreds gathered in Forada for the 46 year old's funeral Saturday.

2 arrested over hit-and-run killing of St. Paul restaurant worker

Jose Hernandez Solano died 11 days after the hit-and-run.

2 teenage boys charged over party bus killing

They have been charged with riot and assault.

Man killed in domestic dispute, wife arrested for murder

The 53 year old died in hospital after suffering upper body injuries.

Unstable man attacks firefighters, sets house on fire

The 2 firefighters were hit with blunt objects.

Father dies days after bar assault near Alexandria

It happened at the Muddy Boot Bar and Grill in Forada.

Perham pair killed by the man they took into their home

He told police the mother and son were 'weird.'

Victims in Perham double killing identified as mother and son

A 21-year-old man, with a history of mental illness, is in custody.