Son of slain Elk River officer indicted for first-degree murder

A grand jury has indicted 21-year-old Chris Besser with two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting death of his Elk River police officer father, Todd Besser and his 27-year-old brother, Blake. The grand jury also returned charges of second-degree intentional murder. 

Chris Besser was initially charged with two counts of second-degree murder, and prosecutors had requested more time before deciding whether to take the case to a grand jury for a first-degree, premeditated indictment.

911 call: 'I ended up killing my father and my brother'

Officer Besser was at his sons' home in St. Michael on May 9 when he and Chris began to argue. According to the indictment, after thinking about the argument, Chris "gets off the couch, goes to the gun cabinet, grabs a 30-30 rifle, loads three bullets and goes downstairs and shoots his dad one time in the back of the head."

He then went upstairs and shot his brother, Blake, one time in the upper stomach area. About 45 minutes later, Chris called to turn himself in from a Kwik Stop in Monticello.

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