Authorities: Rochester Shooting a 'Tragic Misunderstanding'

October 02, 2018 08:57 AM

Rochester TV station KAAL reports that authorities say Brandon Arndt,  the victim of a Sept. 10 homicide, lived a "quite life." 

He was recovering from a medical condition and was not involved in any criminal activity. Instead, they say his death was the result of a a tragic misunderstanding.


"Everything that we've discovered in this investigation points that this was a tragic misunderstanding of assumptions," said Capt. John Sherwin of the Rochester Police Department.

Arndt is described as a helpful neighbor to an elderly woman who recently moved in next door at Bob's Trailer Court.

Since she moved in, Arndt had helped her with grocery shopping, with her medication, and did light maintenance in her home.

The day before the shooting, the woman had a life-threatening medical emergency, and was found in her home by family members in a "disturbing state," authorities said.

During the medical response, several members of her family came to her house. Arndt, too, went next door. He spoke with some of the woman's family and told them he had been helping her.

He even offered to call 911 for her, but she declined.

"When he spoke to some of these family members, they were not aware who he was, or why he had previous contact with the medical victim," Sherwin said.

Some of those relatives believed that because of the way the woman was found, Arndt had something to do with her medical condition.

Sherwin believes that was the motive for the shooting.

"There were assumptions made about how this medical condition occurred, and from that, we have a tragic set of circumstances that unfolded," he said.

After extensive investigative work, which included multiple interviews and review of surveillance video, police named Kielah Parson, Malcolm Woods, and Darien Klindworth-Woods as suspects. All three have been charged with two counts of second-degree murder. 

All three are related to the elderly woman who lived next door to Arndt.

Olmsted County Attorney Mark Ostrem must now sort through hundreds of pages of reports and interviews to try and determine whether or not this murder was a result of anger or premeditation.

"What's outlined in the complaint talks about ... a lot of family angst going on about a family member in the hospital," he said.

He said it is possible that a grand jury will be convened in order to bring first-degree murder charges.

Authorities have two weeks after the suspects' next court appearance to decide whether or not a grand jury will be convened.



Copyright 2018 - KSTP-TV, LLC A Hubbard Broadcasting Company


Amy Coney Barrett, likely high court pick, is Scalia's heir

MDH: 1,478 newly-reported COVID-19 cases, state surpasses 2,000 total deaths

Minnesota Department of Health criticized after changing COVID-19 hospitalization data