BCA Says Willmar Man Cut His Own Throat


(KWLM/Willmar, MN) The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says the Willmar man who died after a violent scuffle with police Friday morning died of suicide, after cutting his own throat.

A BCA news release today (Tuesday) says Willmar Police Officer Nicole Wortham went to a home on Mary Avenue Southeast at 5:40 a.m. Friday after a 911 call of a domestic incident.

When she arrived, Wortham found 38-year-old Jose Lozano in an upstairs bedroom. He held a knife in his hand and a box cutter to his own throat. He ignored commands to drop the weapon and was tased. At one point Lozano cut his own throat. A struggle ensued during which Lozano stabbed Wortham several times in the neck and shoulder, and she shot him in the leg.

Another officer, Noah Maschino, arrived and also tased Lozano because he continued to threaten himself and Wortham.

At one point, Lozano lost consciousness.

Maschino attempted life-saving measures on both Lozano and Wortham.

Lozano died at the scene. Wortham was flown to St. Cloud for treatment of her wounds and is now recovering back in Willmar.

Another woman, believed to be Lozano’s mother, also suffered a knife injury during the incident and was treated and released from Carris-Rice Hospital in Willmar.

The BCA says portions of the incident were captured on body camera video.

The investigation is ongoing, and when complete, the BCA will present their findings without recommendation to the Kandiyohi County Attorney’s Office for review.

Wortham is a three year veteran of the Willmar Police Force and Maschino joined last year. Both are on standard administrative leave.


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