UPDATE: Charges filed in domestic abuse homicide in Duluth

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DULUTH, MN – Charges have been filed against the man accused of murdering his wife in a domestic abuse incident in Duluth’s Chester Park neighborhood Sunday.

Ryan Jazdzewski, 40, was charged with second-degree murder on Tuesday.

According to court documents, around 8:23 p.m. Sunday, police responded to a home near East 8th St. and 16th Ave. E. on Chester Park Drive.

According to police, they received a report of a 7-year-old girl screaming in an alley that her parents were fighting. Officers arrived and heard screaming coming from inside the home. A child walked out followed by a man with blood on his clothes.

When police entered the home they found what officers call a “horrific scene,” a 41-year-old woman had been stabbed several times and was unresponsive.

The victim later died at the hospital. She had stab wounds to her torso.

Police say Ryan Jazdzewski is recovering from injuries to his finger and forearm in a Duluth hospital and is expected to be brought into custody once he is released. According to the St. Louis County Jail roster, he was not listed as an inmate as of Tuesday morning.

During an interview with police, Ryan Jazdzewski told authorities he had a “horrible fight” with his wife and “lost it.”

Duluth Police Shift Lt. Robert Shene, responded to the call Sunday night and says it’s every responding officer’s worst nightmare.

“When you have this type of a scene, when you have children involved, it’s very difficult for officers,” says Lt. Shene. “You have to maintain your professionalism, but you also realize that we are human and a lot of us have young kids ourselves, so it always makes these calls a lot more difficult,”

Lt. Shene says domestic violence cases are unfortunately pretty common in Duluth but it’s not often they come across a fatal incident.

The couple had been married since 2010, according to records.

Nicole Jazdzewski worked at St. Luke’s hospital.

“It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of St. Luke’s Critical Care Nurse Nicki Jazdzewski. She has been a valued member of our team since 2009 and will be greatly missed. Her death was a terrible shock to her coworkers and friends. We have grief counseling available for colleagues. St. Luke’s is doing everything we can to support Nicki’s family and help them through this tragic time.”

– Eric Lohn, St. Luke’s Interim President/CEO & CFO

Since the 1980’s, the Domestic Abuse Intervention Program, out of Duluth, has been a key innovator in dealing with the issues of domestic violence.

While a number of agencies deal with the victim in these type of cases, those working under “the Duluth Model” focus on the convicted.

The program aims to end violence against women.

Co-executive Director Scott Miller says over 300 men per year from Duluth, Superior, and the surrounding area come through the program.

Most of the men who join are court ordered, but 3-to-4 percent voluntarily join on their own.

“There’s very few of these men that I’ve ever worked with who this is the kind of father, this is the kind of partner they want to be, but it’s what they know,” Miller said. “And so working with them over 6-and-a-half, 7 months depending on how long it takes them to get through the program, they begin to make decisions about their lives.”

Over the last 30 years, “The Duluth Model” has become an international teaching.

In 2014, the program was named the world’s best policy.

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DULUTH, MN– UPDATE: A screaming little girl in Duluth’s Chester Park Neighborhood led to a police response Sunday night and ultimately a gruesome crime scene.

A father now in custody, accused of stabbing his wife to death.

Police say it happened around 8:30 Sunday night inside a home near E 8th St. and 16th Ave. E. on Chester Park Drive.

Duluth Police say it’s the second confirmed homicide of the year in the city.

Police are calling this a “domestic violence homicide” investigation and one that keeps officer up at night, as a mother-father domestic fight put their child in the middle.

Duluth police say they got a report of a young girl screaming in an alley that her parents were fighting. Officers arrived and heard screaming coming from inside the home. A child walked out followed by a man with blood on his clothes.

When police entered the home they found what officers call a “horrific scene,” a woman had been stabbed several times and was unresponsive. The 41-year-old woman later died at the hospital.

The man is now recovering from injuries in a hospital where he will be brought into custody once he is released.

Shift Lt. Robert Shene of the DPD, responded to the call that night and says it’s every responding officer’s worst nightmare.

“When you have this type of a scene, when you have children involved, it’s very difficult for officers,” says Lt. Shene. “You have to maintain your professionalism, but you also realize that we are human and a lot of us have young kids ourselves, so it always makes these calls a lot more difficult,”

Lt. Shene says domestic violence cases are unfortunately pretty common in Duluth but it’s not often they come across a fatal incident.

At this time charges are pending but the investigation is ongoing.

 

DULUTH, MN– A woman is dead and a man is in custody after a stabbing at a home in Duluth’s Chester Park neighborhood.

Around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Duluth Police responded to a home near East 8th Street and 16th Avenue East.

Duluth police say they got a call from a child who reported their parents were fighting.

Officers arrived to find a man with blood on his clothes and a woman who’d been stabbed several times.

The 41-year-old woman later died at a hospital, and the man is now in custody.

Police are calling this a “domestic violence homicide” investigation.

Charges are pending.

Briggs LeSavage

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