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Suspect arrested in killing of Boston Scientific executive

Lyle Hoffman

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SHAKOPEE, Minn. -- A Minnesota man accused of fatally shooting his former boyfriend was arrested Thursday after evading police for a month, reports CBS MInneapolis.

Lyle "Ty" Hoffman is suspected of shooting and killing Kelly Phillips at an Arden Hills, Minn. gas station last month. He is also suspected of robbing a bank in nearby Blaine, Minn. in early September.

Phillips, 48, was an executive at Boston Scientific, and was also Hoffman's former boyfriend and business partner. Soon after Phillips was gunned down on August 11, police named Hoffman a suspect.

Hoffman, 44, was spotted multiple times in the last month, including at a casino and a hotel, but police were unable to track him down.

Their break came Thursday morning when they received a report of a suspicious man in the Southbridge Crossing Shopping Center in Shakopee, Minn., about 40 miles from the scene of Phillips' shooting.

It turned out to be Hoffman, who was arrested without incident outside of an Arby's restaurant, where he was looking at the drive-thru menu while on foot. Police say he was unarmed.

His mother, Judy Phillips, spoke with CBS Minneapolis soon after Hoffman's capture was confirmed.

"It really hasn't set in yet. But I would imagine it would be some closure, not entirely because I don't know if we'll ever get over this," Phillips said. "But we are awfully glad he is off the streets and that there's no more harm done to anybody."