An incident outside a bar in a small southern Minnesota town led to one man with what authorities call a "life changing injury" and another man dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
According to a release from the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched to the 100 block of N. Main St. in Dover on a report of an injured person on Jan. 28. They arrived to discover a 36-year-old Dover man who was breathing, but unresponsive and bleeding from his ears.
An investigation that followed revealed that the victim was believed to have been either shoved to the ground or struck in the head by a 50-year-old St. Charles man.
The next day, Jan. 29, authorities were planning to interview the St. Charles man when they learned that he had been located dead in a vehicle near Interstate 90 in Winona from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The sheriff's report says the Dover man had been asked to leave a bar before an argument with the St. Charles man ensued outside.
"Based upon the evidence from the scene, the medical opinions rendered by the experts, and our experience from previous investigations that were similar in nature, we believe the victim’s injury resulted from his head striking the ground," the news release says.
Police say the assault and the St. Charles man's death are related. The identity of the men have not been released out of respect for the families of the victim and suspect.
"The victim has suffered a life-changing head injury that will affect him and his loved ones, most likely forever. Additionally, the suspect's loved ones are dramatically affected by the suicide of the suspect," the statement reads.
"Out of simple respect for all those affected by this tragic incident, the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office will not be releasing the identities of the victim or suspect. We wish continued progress for the victim and his family and we send our condolences to the suspect's family."