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Alleged courthouse gunman died from rare disorder

The family of Daniel Schlienz told the Duluth News Tribune a bacterial infection led to his death. Schlienz died while in custody on December 27. The 42-year-old was being held for attempted murder charges after allegedly shooting two people at the Cook County Courthouse on December 15.
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The family of Daniel Schlienz told the Duluth News Tribune a bacterial infection led to his death. Schlienz died while in custody on December 27. The 42-year-old was being held for attempted murder charges after allegedly shooting two people at the Cook County Courthouse on December 15.

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