Michael Brasel

17-year-old Arrested for Killing Hockey Dad, Shot Dead at His Home While Trying to Protect Wife’s Car from Break-in: Police

Minnesota police arrested a 17-year-old male for the murder of a St. Paul dad, reportedly shot in front of his home over the weekend while attempting to protect his wife’s car from a break-in.

According to the Star Tribune, Michael Brasel, a 44-year-old father of two children and youth hockey coach, was shot a little before 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Authorities believe that the suspect attempted to break into Brasel’s wife’s car in the 2300 block of Chilcombe Avenue in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood.

Brasel, who suffered multiple gunshot wounds, died at an area hospital after around 30 minutes, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed.

With the assistance of tips from the community, a SWAT team executed a search warrant on Wednesday in the 1600 block of Reaney Avenue, where they arrested the suspect. The details surrounding what led to the teen’s arrest are unclear at this time.

“I will tell you, if you commit gun violence in this city, we are coming, we are gonna find you,” St. Paul Police Chief Axel Henry said following the arrest. “The juvenile will be booked into the juvenile facility, and that process will move forward in that way.”

Police declined to release additional information, calling the investigation an “active and ongoing” case. Henry said they are also working to determine if any other people were involved.

A candlelight vigil is planned to pay tribute to Michael Brasel, scheduled to take place at Langford Park Recreation Center in St. Paul on Friday at 7 p.m.

This developing story will be updated as additional information becomes available. Check back for updates.

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