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'Thin Blue Line' flag stolen from memorial to fallen MN officer

Wabasha Co. authorities are asking the public for help finding it.

A Thin Blue Line flag has been stolen from a memorial to a Minnesota police officer who died in the line of duty. 

According to a Facebook post from the Wabasha County sheriff, the flag — a modified American flag and a symbol of support for law enforcement — was taken overnight on Wednesday, July 1:

The memorial, located in Lake City's Ohuta Park, honors Shawn Schneider, a local police officer who was shot in the head on a domestic disturbance call in 2011.

According to the Star Tribune, he was killed while helping Alan J. Sylte Jr's 17-year-old ex-girlfriend escape from the suspect's house; Sylte was later found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after a standoff with police. 

Anyone with information about the theft of the flag is asked to call (651) 565-3361. The sheriff says tips can remain anonymous. 

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