MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man accused of fatally shooting his former boyfriend and business partner in suburban Minneapolis was arrested Thursday after a month on the run, when police found him on foot peering at a drive-thru menu in another suburb, police said.
Lyle "Ty" Hoffman was arrested without incident at an Arby's restaurant in Shakopee, about 30 miles southwest of the Arden Hills gas station where Kelly Phillips was fatally shot on Aug. 11.
Authorities didn't immediately know how Hoffman managed to elude police for so long, or whether anyone was helping him, but he was found after officers were summoned to check a report of a suspicious man, Shakopee Police Chief Jeff Tate said.
Hoffman, 44, is charged with intentional second-degree murder in the death of Phillips, 48, an attorney and a vice president for the medical device company Boston Scientific. According to a witness, Phillips was in a BMW that pulled into a gas station about two blocks from his office when the car's driver, after some yelling between the two men, shot Phillips three times and fled in the car.
Hoffman had been the subject of several massive searches in the Minneapolis area, including two around the Anoka County airport in Blaine, about 10 miles north of Arden Hills, and one around a casino south of Shakopee. He also was suspected of a bank robbery in Blaine on Aug. 30.