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Source: Suspected Shooter Knew Orono Physician

Updated: 11/18/2013 9:43 PM
Created: 11/17/2013 4:29 PM KSTP.com
By: Leslie Dyste

New details are being revealed after a well-liked doctor was fatally shot at his Orono home Friday and the suspected shooter was fatally shot in the doctor's front yard.

A source with information from the case tells KSTP reporter Tim Sherno, Dr. Stephen Larson and the suspected shooter, 30-year-old Ted Hoffstrom of St. Anthony, knew each other. The source says Dr. Larson assisted with the delivery when Hoffstrom was born 30 years ago.

Earlier in the afternoon Sunday, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner ruled 74-year-old Larson's death a homicide. He died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Sources tell KSTP that Hoffstrom arrived at Larson's door as Larson was on the phone. The person on the other end of the phone heard gunshots and called police.

Larson's body was found by police as they responded to a welfare check at his home, located on the 1000 block of Heritage Lane in Orono.

The medical examiner says Larson was dead at 8:55 p.m. When police arrived at the home, they found Hoffstrom out in the yard. Police fired shots, and Hoffstrom was killed. It's unclear if Hoffstrom fired shots in the exchange with police.

No officers were injured in the shooting.

According to the medical examiner's report, Hoffstrom was pronounced dead at the scene. He died of multiple gunshot wounds at 9:09 p.m.

Hoffstrom's family posted the following statement on the door of their home:

"It is with great sadness that we extend our heartfelt prayers and sympathy to the family of Dr. Stephen Larson. Our hearts are broken for all of those affected by this tragic event. We are shocked and saddened by this news, and many questions remain unanswered. We hope that the public will understand this is a very difficult time for our family. We are grieving the loss of our son, and ask that you please respect our privacy at this time."

Larson was a longtime physician at OBGYN Specialists in Edina and Burnsville and a father of four. His wife and children have all been notified of his death.

KSTP spoke with one of Larson's partners, Dr. Suzin Cho. She said Dr. Larson delivered babies for thousands of Minnesotans, probably four generations. She said he earned worldwide acclaim because he is such a highly-regarded surgeon.

Cho says his patients, like his partners, are devastated.

An email was sent to folks in the Fox Hill neighborhood by the Association President Steven Byrnes; it reads "It's important to know that police believe there is no threat to the neighborhood and that this was not a random incident."

Click here to watch our previous coverage on this case.


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