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Father: Fatal Shooting in Douglas County Involved Custody Dispute

Updated: 02/28/2014 7:00 AM
Created: 02/27/2014 6:44 AM KSTP.com
By: Jennie Olson

The father of a man who authorities say shot a sheriff's deputy in Minnesota before killing his girlfriend and then himself was likely motivated by a child custody dispute.
    
According to the Star Tribune, Jeff Blowers says his son, Devin Blowers, was distraught because child welfare officials in Fargo, N.D., wouldn't let his son and girlfriend Katie Ray Christopherson have custody of their baby girl.
    
Blowers tells the Star Tribune his son has a history of drug problems and met Christopherson at a Fargo rehabilitation center last year. He says the couple's daughter was born three months prematurely Jan. 13 and remains in a Fargo hospital. Cass County Social Services tell us that an effort will be made to unite the baby, Bennie, with his family.
    
Authorities say the 24-year-old Blowers shot Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy Dustin Alexander at a farm in west-central Minnesota Monday. The deputy was wearing a bullet-resistant vest and is recovering. Officials Blowers then fatally shot Christopherson and himself.

The funeral for the child's mother, Christopherson, is this Sunday in Fargo. Funeral arrangements for Blowers are pending.
    
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