Man dead of gunshot wound in West Lakeland Township

The president of Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington was found dead of on his property in West Lakeland Township the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 22.

The school announced to students at noon that day that President Jeff A. Nelson died of an apparent gunshot wound.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is treating the case as a normal death investigation, not a homicide. Authorities are not seeking any suspects.

The sheriff’s office is not releasing further information, pending final autopsy results from the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office.

In a written statement, the university said it “will carry on in the face of this tragedy.”

“We’ve been through tough times before, though none quite like this, and we will persevere,” the statement read. “Though some of us worked with Jeff only a short time, during his months as our president he re-energized our campus and heightened our aspirations. All of us will be affected by this tragic news, but none so much as Jeff’s family. We’ll be doing everything we can to support them.”

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