Victim remembered, suspect jailed in Duluth shooting
DULUTH — A man killed after an altercation in the Gary-New Duluth neighborhood was remembered Tuesday for his friendly personality and big smile as details surrounding the circumstances of his death remained sparse.
Police said Kevin John Weiss, 35, was fatally shot after an encounter outside a residence on the 100 block of West Reis Street around 6:15 p.m. Monday.
A suspect, 34-year-old Brian Ross Shaw, was booked into the St. Louis County Jail on a preliminary charge of second-degree manslaughter, though formal charges have yet to be filed. Public records list Shaw as living on the 100 block of West Reis Street.
The Duluth Police Department reported that “Shaw and Weiss had an altercation outside the residence resulting in Shaw shooting Weiss.” Lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful and Weiss was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said the two men were known to each other. Citing an ongoing investigation, they would not release any additional information about the nature of their relationship or the dispute that precipitated the shooting.
Jeremy Dahl grew up near Weiss in West Duluth and was a longtime friend. He was in disbelief after learning of his friend’s death.
“That was the last thing I expected to find out,” he said. “I wasn’t expecting that at all.”
Dahl said Weiss came from a tight-knit family and loved being around other people and outdoors. He left behind a son.
“Kevin was a really good guy,” Dahl said. “He was always there for family and friends no matter what you needed.”
Dahl said Weiss had been seriously injured in a car crash around 15 years ago, leading to physical constraints that made it difficult to work.
“Like all of us, he had had his hardships but would not let it get the best of him; he always overcame,” Dahl said. “He had a great and friendly personality and cared for everyone. His infectious smile and laughter helped us get through a lot together. He will be greatly missed.”
A check of court records shows only a misdemeanor domestic assault conviction and a handful of traffic violations on Shaw’s record.
A formal charging decision is expected from the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office as early as Wednesday morning.