Elk River community says goodbye to police officer dad, son

The Elk River community came to say goodbye and honor Officer Todd Besser and his 27-year-old son Blake Besser at a funeral service at Elk River High School on Sunday. 

Officer Besser's son, 21-year-old Christopher Besser, allegedly told a 911 dispatcher he "lost it" when he shot and killed his father and brother last weekend in their St. Michael home. Chris Besser was charged Tuesday morning in Wright County with two counts of second-degree murder.

Following the funeral, a law enforcement procession with family, officers and community members went to Orono Cemetery in Elk River for a burial service for Officer Besser. Blake will be laid to rest on Monday.

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Memorial fund

Bank of Elk River
633 Main Street
Elk River, MN

This is the only official memorial fund

LEMA is assisting the Elk River Police Department with funeral arrangements and will also be providing honor guard support for the funeral.

Elk River police statement

"In addition to his 16 years as a police officer with the City of Elk River, Officer Besser was also a military veteran with 12 years active duty in the United States Air Force. He continued his military service with the United States Air Force Reserve in Minneapolis retiring with more than 20 years of combined service. Prior to his hiring with the Elk River Police Department, Officer Besser was a Corrections Officer with Washington County.

Officer Besser was a highly decorated police officer with the department receiving the Medal of Valor, two Life Saving awards, three Unit Citations, and a Police Service Ribbon. In addition, he was a firearms instructor, SWAT Negotiator, Field Training Officer, and spent four years as a detective."

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