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.

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