Self-inflicted stab wounds kill Stateline trespasser |

Self-inflicted stab wounds kill Stateline trespasser

Christina Proctor

A man who forced his way into the Park Estate home in Stateline Monday night died Wednesday evening at Washoe Medical Center.

Investigators believe after breaking in, John Kenneth Schaller, 38, took an 11 inch long kitchen knife and stabbed himself several times in one of the upstairs bedrooms.

Around 10:30 p.m. Monday, Douglas County sheriff’s deputies heard an alarm at the estate – better known as Friday’s Station. The house was a stop on the Pony Express trail from 1860-61. Deputies found Schaller after a search of the residence and grounds. He was lying on the upstairs bed.

As emergency personnel were removing Schaller from the house investigators said he admitted to officers that he stabbed himself, but gave no reason for his actions.

Sgt. Detective Tim Minister said there is no evidence to indicate that anyone else was involved in the break-in or stabbing of Schaller. Minister said Schaller, an unemployed transient, was on the South Shore for at least a week prior to incident at the Park Estate. Schaller’s last known address was in San Francisco, authorities said.

Schaller entered the home by breaking a window with a snow shovel. Officers said damage to the security system indicated that Schaller attempted to disarm the alarm.

Schaller was airlifted to Washoe Medical Center Monday night where he remained in critical condition until his death at approximately 10:10 p.m. Wednesday.

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