Person of interest sought in Maplewood 'suspicious death'

- Maplewood police are investigating what they call a "suspicious death" and are searching for a person of interest who possibly left the home after an argument and shooting.

"They reported hearing some arguing inside the home, they heard a gunshot, and ultimately an adult male left the home," Maplewood Police Chief Paul Schnell said.

Just after 6 a.m., police responded to the 1700 block of Woodland Lane and found a 41-year-old woman dead with an apparent gunshot wound. Three children, ages 12, 15 and 16 were home at the time of the shooting.

A man at the home at the time of the shooting is believed to have left shortly afterwards, and locating him remains a "priority" for investigators at this time. Police say he has an extensive criminal history including weapons and assault charges.

"Preliminary information suggests there was an argument between the deceased woman and the adult male a short time before the shooting," police said in a news release.

The victim's identity and the man's identity have not been released. But police say that he is the victim's husband.

"While the identity of the person of interest is known to investigators, it too is being withheld until the man’s connection to or role in the incident is more clearly defined," police added.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is also investigating. 

"It would be devastating to lose a parent, but certainly under these circumstances even worse," Schnell said.

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