Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Based on results from the autopsy report and Daniel Schlienz's medical history, the St. Louis County's Medical Examiner has found that the alleged Cook County Courthouse shooter died of a bacterial infection called streptococcus pneumoniae while he was being held at the St. Louis County Jail.
This bacteria is a fairly common bacteria, but it has been known to become aggressive. In these cases, it is called invasive streptococcal pneumoniae.
This bacteria was found only in Schlienz's blood, which resulted in his death.
Schlienz’s spleen was removed years ago which is a known risk factor for the development of invasive streptococcal pneumoniae.
The manner of death has been ruled natural, and there was no evidence of any injuries identified during the autopsy.
Daniel Schlienz was being held at the St. Louis County Jail after being charged for opening fire at the Cook County Courthouse back in December.
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