Police Officer's Stolen Gun Used in Fatal Minnetonka Parking Ramp Shooting

Photo: Courtesy of Russ Family

March 15, 2017 08:23 AM

The weapon that ended the life of Thomas Russ in a Minnetonka parking ramp shooting March 3 was stolen. 

The same gun was taken the day before from a police officer's home in Farmington.

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Farmington Police Chief Brian Lindquist confirmed the burglary.

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The gun in question is a black Ruger .380.

Russ, 32, was shot twice in the head while helping a friend change a flat tire on a car. The suspect, Marcus Hallmark, took off. He led authorities to a marshy area where both he and the gun were found. 

On March 4, officials in Isanti County came across a discarded backpack along a road with a gun lock for a Ruger .380 inside. It also contained Hallmark's drivers license. 

Authorities confirmed the serial number on the recovered gun matches that of the stolen weapon. Hallmark is in Hennepin County Jail, charged with second-degree murder.  

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His criminal history reveals he's been convicted four times since 2009 of various crimes including burglary, assault and drugs.  

That makes Hallmark a convicted felon and not allowed to buy a gun. 


Beth McDonough

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