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Employee stabbed to death at work in southeast metro

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A staffer at a southeast metro plant and garden nursery was stabbed to death at his workplace Thursday afternoon, according to media reports.

By about 6 p.m., roughly two hours after the stabbing at Bailey Nurseries in Newport, a man had turned himself in to police in St. Paul, who then handed him over to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Star Tribune reports. The suspect was treated for an unspecified injury and then taken into custody at the Washington County Jail.

The employee was declared dead at the scene, KARE 11 reports. The names of the victim and suspect were not immediately released.

Details about what led to the slaying were were not immediately available. Newport Police Chief Curt Montgomery said investigators were not looking for more suspects, and there was no threat remaining threat to the public, the Pioneer Press reported. A company spokesperson declined to tell the newspaper if the suspect was also a nursery employee.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the case, WCCO reports.

The fourth-generation, family-owned nursery released a statement extending sympathies to the employee's family and friends, and noting, "Since the events leading to this tragedy occurred just late this afternoon, the police are actively investigating and trying to gather all of the facts and circumstances surrounding his death. As a result, we do not have any further comments at this time."

The nursery has main offices and growing fields in Newport, roughly 10 miles southeast of St. Paul, and during peak season employs more than 400 full-time and 1,200 seasonal employees at several operations across the country, its website says. The company also operates nurseries in Illinois and Oregon.

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