A Minnesota man was charged with second-degree murder Tuesday for allegedly killing his police officer father execution-style in their home, and then fatally shooting his adult brother so there would be no witnesses.
Christopher Todd Besser, 21, appeared in a Wright County court Tuesday and was charged with two counts of second-degree murder for the deaths of his father, off-duty Elk River Police Officer Todd Besser, and Christopher Besser’s brother, Blake Besser, 27, who were found dead in a St. Michael home on Saturday, NBC station KARE reported.
The Wright County Sheriff’s office said in a statement that they were called to the home at 7:06 p.m. CT by someone who said he had been shot, and deputies found both men dead from gunshot wounds, and Christopher Besser called the sheriff's office from a gas station at 7:45 p.m. to turn himself in.
A criminal complaint said Christopher Besser told investigators that after he was confronted by his father he “lost it” and grabbed a .30-30 rifle and shot his father in the back of the head as the older man was doing work on a computer, KARE reported.
Christopher Besser then allegedly waited for his brother to enter the home and then him in chest — and told police he killed him to eliminate any witnesses, the station reported.
"All I'm asking for is prayer, healing, grace and forgiveness," Todd Besser’s widow, Gwen, told reporters after Tuesday's court appearance, according to KARE.
Christopher Besser was being held at the Wright County Jail Tuesday night, according to jail records. An attorney was not listed.
Todd Besser was a 16-year veteran of the Elk River Police Department, and has served as a SWAT negotiator and firearms instructor in the past, the department said in a post to its Facebook page. Funerals for both men are scheduled for Sunday, the department said.