Update expected on St. Paul man killed after breaking up burglary outside his home

The police of St. Paul says he will be announcing an update today on the homicide of a 44-year-old man who was shot while interrupting a robbery outside his house last weekend.

Michael Brasel, a husband, father of two sons, carpenter and youth hockey coach, was killed Saturday in the St. Anthony Park. Police said they would provide an update at a news conference at 3:45 p.m.

Michael Brasel, 44, was fatally shot in St. Paul on May 6, 2023. (Courtesy of family)

Brasel’s wife, Hilary Brasel, previously wrote on social media that Michael was “tragically shot in our front yard after confronting someone trying to get into my car. Always a protector and a good man, he supported me with his last effort and breath.” She is a nurse and tried to revive Michael by giving him CPR.

Officers responded to a 911 caller who reported their neighbor had been shot in the 2300 block of Chilcombe Avenue just before 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Paramedics took Michael Brasel to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, where he died of multiple gunshot wounds.

There was no immediate arrest, and police and Hilary Brasel asked anyone with information to come forward.

The neighborhood of St. Anthony Park is usually quiet, and police said a homicide like Saturday’s was “very unusual.”

Brasel coached his sons in hockey, previously for Langford Park Hockey and most recently for Roseville Area Youth Hockey. People left hockey sticks on the front porch to show their love and support for Brasel and his family.

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