Eagan man found dead, roommate in custody


Police are investigating a homicide at an Eagan apartment building on New Year's Day, the Pioneer Press reports.

Officers were called to Cinnamon Ridge Apartments on the 4000 block of Slater Road just before midnight for a report that a man was not breathing.

Paramedics found the 36-year-old man unresponsive with injuries to his face and attempted to resuscitate him, but were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim's name will not be released until his family is notified.

The man's roommate, 28-year-old Samuel Petersen, told 911 dispatchers that he had been fighting with the victim earlier that night. Petersen was taken into custody and is being held on suspicion of first-degree assault.

Investigators tell the Pioneer Press they believe alcohol was a factor in the incident. Two witnesses had blood-alcohol concentrations of 0.195 and 0.205, more than double the legal limit to drive in Minnesota.

Petersen's blood-alcohol level has not been released pending lab results.

Charges against Petersen have not been filed. Police continue to investigate what led up to the altercation.

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