False alarm in Canadian search for Minnesota murder susepct


Police in Thunder Bay, Ontario blocked off city streets in the Canadian town to search for fugitive murder suspect Lyle "Ty" Hoffman on Thursday night. But WCCO reports that within a few hours, Canadian police determined it was a false alarm.

Hoffman is charged with killing 48-year-old Kelly Phillips, his former business and romantic partner. The complaint against Hoffman said the two were at an Arden Hills gas station on Aug. 11, when Hoffman shot Phillips, a Boston Scientific executive, in the head and back as he tried to flee.

FOX 9 reports Thunder Bay officers spotted a man and a vehicle with Minnesota license plates around 6 p.m. Police in the area had been on alert following a warning that Hoffman may have crossed into Canada. Thunder Bay is about an hour's drive from the Minnesota border.

Officers put out a public safety warning and told residents in the area where the fugitive was spotted to remain indoors as a precaution while they searched the area. Hoffman is considered armed and dangerous.

Once the area was contained, police completed a search of the area. By 9 p.m., KSTP reports that police confirmed that the man was not Hoffman and canceled the safety warning. They also determined that the vehicle in question was not connected to the murder investigation.

The reward for the arrest of Hoffman remains at $25,000. There's a national warrant for his arrest.

Next Up

dnr trout stocking helicopter

DNR uses a helicopter to more efficiently stock lakes with trout

In the past, the DNR used airplanes to stock remote lakes with fish, but the survival rate of the fish was only 85%.

steve simon zoom call

Secretary of State explains plans for segregated absentee ballots

Election officials are reminding voters that it's too late to mail in your absentee ballots.

Halloween, trick-or-treating

Osterholm on safe trick-or-treating: 'I would say go ahead with it'

The infectious disease expert's opinion doesn't align with the CDC's guidance.

drop and go ballot plymouth

It's too late to mail your ballot, but you can still vote. Here's how.

Voters can drop off their absentee ballot, vote early in-person or head to the polls on Election Day.

2019-12-11 f1rst Wrestling Hanukka Havok-Darin Kamnetz-154

Dusting itself off after virus blow, F1rst Wrestling returns to the ring this Sunday

Minnesota's premier independent wrestling company was on top of the world before the virus hit.


McDonald's is bringing the McRib back in December

It hasn't appeared on menus for eight years.

Apple Valley High School

2 more Twin Cities districts moving to distance learning for grades 6-12

The decision was announced as infection rates in Dakota County rise.

covid-19 testing site sign

Here are the 4 free COVID-19 testing sites in MN for the week of Nov. 2

People don't need to have symptoms or insurance to get tested for free.

minnesota zoo

Minnesota Zoo launches activities to get people embracing nature

The zoo is hosting a pumpkin scavenger hunt and a "Do the Zoo, Not Zoom Day."