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A veteran police officer was one of two people found shot to death in a Minnesota home on Saturday, officials said.
Deputies discovered the bodies after receiving a call about 7:00 p.m. local time (8:00 p.m. ET) from a man saying that he had been shot inside the residence in St. Michael — a city about 30 miles northwest of Minneapolis, according to the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.
Todd Besser, 49, of nearby Otsego, MInnesota, and Blake Besser, 27, were found dead having both suffered apparent gunshot wounds. Less than an hour after the initial shooting report, Wright County Sheriff’s Office said they received a call from 21-year-old Christopher Besser— who told them that he wanted to turn himself in and gave his location. He was taken into custody without incident at a local gas station, according to police.
Todd Besser was a 16-year veteran officer with the Elk River Police Department. “This has been an enormous shock to our department. Officer Besser was a devoted member of our work family and will be deeply missed,” the department said in a news release.
Christopher and Blake Besser were the officer’s sons, Elk River Police Chief Ron Nierenhausen told NBC station KARE.