Duluth officer could face additional assault charge after shooting through closed door

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Published: Dec. 2, 2021 at 9:15 PM CST
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DULUTH, MN. (CBS 3 DULUTH) - A Duluth police officer who shot a man through a closed door could soon face another charge in the case.

Former St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin originally charged Tyler Leibfried with reckless discharge of a weapon and intentional discharge that endangers safety.

Rubin retired, and now court documents show the new county prosecutor on the case is asking the court to add a charge of second degree assault, which is a felony.

The charges stem from an incident in September 2020.

Leibfried and another officer responded to a downtown Duluth apartment building.

After a loud bang, Leibfried shot six times through a closed door, striking a man on the other side.

According to court documents, the new prosecutor is also planning to ask the judge for an aggravated sentence.

That means Leibfried could spend more time in prison than is normally recommended for those charges.

The court documents also reveal who the prosecution is planning to call for witnesses.

It includes five members of the BCA and 15 members of the Duluth Police Department, among them Chief Mike Tusken.

The man who was shot, Jared Fyle, is also on the witness list.

The trial is expected to start in early 2022.

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