Buffalo man charged with murdering father in Aitkin County cabin

A 24-year-old man was charged with the murder of his father after he was found dead inside their Aitkin County cabin. 

Ronald Bzdok, 24, was charged with second-degree murder after law enforcement found his father, Daniel Bzdok, 62, on Wednesday with a single gunshot wound to the back of his head, according to the criminal complaint.  

On July 27, around 7:30 p.m., the Aitkin County Sheriff's Office responded to a welfare check for Daniel, who was reported missing the day before. Daniel's brother Adam said the last time he spoke to him was on Saturday, July 23, the day after he had gone to his cabin in Fleming Township with his son Ronald.

Upon arrival, a deputy looked through the large dining room window and saw a man sitting on a chair with blood splatter on his chest and stomach. Deputies secured the scene and contacted the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. 

Around 1:10 a.m., law enforcement executed a search warrant for the cabin. Inside, BCA investigators located Daniel with a single empty casing next to him. There was a note in front of Daniel indicating Ronald and his brother had "stolen from him and planned on turning them into law enforcement and obtaining a restraining order," the criminal complaint reads. 

Adam told law enforcement Daniel has had issues with his two sons, who have problems with addiction. He became concerned about Daniel's well-being when he hadn't heard from him and drove to the cabin on July 26. When Adam arrived, he found a padlock on the main door and no other vehicles around. 

Wright County Sheriff's Office told Aitkin County Sheriff's Office that Ronald was arrested on July 23 while driving his father's car, and he had a handgun with him. Adam told investigators Daniel would never allow Ronald to drive his car or have his firearm, according to the criminal complaint. 

Ronald made his first court appearance Friday morning.