Eagan Man Arrested in Homicide Investigation

Police say Samuel Walter Petersen fought with the 36-year-old victim just prior to the victim's Jan. 1 death.


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Eagan police are treating the Jan. 1 death of a 36-year-old man as a homicide, and have arrested his roommate in connection to the incident, according to Eagan Police Department Spokesperson Desiree Schroepfer.

The roommate, 28-old-year Samuel Walter Petersen of Eagan, is currently being held at the Dakota County Jail, pending formal criminal charges. The victim's name has not yet been released, pending notification of family members.

At 11:56 p.m. on Jan. 1, police and paramedics responded to a call on the 4500 block of Slater Road, about a mile north of Apple Valley. The caller, Petersen, told police he had been fighting with the victim, who had fallen unconscious and was not breathing.

Paramedics and firefighters assisted Eagan police with life-saving efforts, but the victim could not be resuscitated.

During the response, police observed injuries to the victim's face, and detained Petersen and two other individuals for questioning, according to Schroepfer.

A subsequent investigation revealed that Petersen had been the victim's roommate since June 2012, and that both witnesses had blood-alcohol concentrations of .195 and .205. Police are still waiting on lab results for Petersen's blood-alcohol concentration.

Police have yet to determine what caused the Jan. 1 altercation.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office will be conducting an autopsy to determine victim's cause of death.

Petersen has a previous arrest for misdemeanor assault.


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