Teen killed in Duluth Monday was recently charged in robbery, shooting

The 16-year-old was found dead after a report of a shooting Monday morning.
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Ausineese Aubin Dufault

Ausineese Aubin Dufault

A teenager found dead in Duluth following a report of a gunshot early Monday has been identified as Ausineese Aubin Dufault, 16, of Duluth. 

Details remain limited as the investigation into his death remains active, but police responded to a report of a gunshot around 2:45 a.m. in the 2100 block of W. 3rd St in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. 

Officers arrived and found Dufault dead at the scene. 

Dufault was charged earlier this month in connection to a robbery and shooting in the same neighborhood, but the Duluth News Tribune reports that it remains unclear if his death is related to the previous incident. 

Duluth PD has not said if anyone has been arrested nor have they said if there are any suspects in Dufault's death. The incident has been described only as a "shooting." 

The shooting and robbery incident

Dufault was charged earlier this month with two adult felony charges for allegedly committing robbery and shooting at a female in the 2100 block of W. 3rd St. on April 23. 

According to court documents, Dufault was charged with first-degree aggravated robbery and second-degree assault. He's accused of entering the mother of his child's apartment with two others and demanding a female give up possessions and money.

The victim was robbed of $350 in cash and hit in the back of the head with a gun, according to the complaint. The victim was then told to leave and as she was doing so she was allegedly punched in the head.

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As she got into the passenger seat of a friend's vehicle, the victim told police that Dufault pointed a gun at her and fired at least three shots, with one of the bullets putting a hole in the windshield and then possibly grazing her head. 

She was brought to St. Luke's Hospital where she was treated for a wound to the back of her head, which the complaint states was caused by being struck by the gun or being punched, in addition to a red mark on the side of her head that could've been from a bullet. 

The Duluth News Tribune says Dufault posted bond and was recently released from St. Louis County Jail. He was scheduled for another court appearance on June 5. 

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