Chisago County Death – Chisago County Sheriff’s Office deputies were conducting a welfare check in Fish Lake Township when they came upon the gruesome find. The investigation was initiated when a member of the family reported that they were unable to get in touch with persons living at the residence. On Sunday morning, the bodies of three people who had been shot to death were discovered in a small municipality located north of the metro area that contains the Twin Cities. When deputies arrived at the residence, they discovered three dead bodies inside.
In a news release issued on Sunday evening, the authorities stated that based on what they’ve learned thus far, investigators believe that this incident was not a random occurrence. The victims of the triple homicide have not been named, a motive for the killings has not been determined, and the authorities have not stated whether or not any of the deceased are related. After notifying family members, the identities of the victims will be made public. The cause and manner of their deaths will be determined based on the findings of an autopsy that will be performed by the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office. According to Chief Deputy Justin Wood of the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office, the investigation will continue to progress, which will result in the release of additional information.
Related topic: Chisago City man charged with murder after fatal shotgun blast near Hinckley
According to charges filed on Thursday, the shooter brought a guy to an east-central Minnesota hospital who had hundreds of BBs in his chest from what seemed to be a shotgun explosion and claimed the man, who would shortly pass away, was the victim of a hunting accident. In connection with the shooting on Tuesday near Hinckley, Minnesota, John T. Quitter, 36, of Chisago City, Minnesota, was charged in Pine County District Court with second-degree murder, unlawful firearm possession, and fleeing police. Quitter remained imprisoned in lieu of a $250,000 bail and was due back in court on September 19. There is no attorney listed for him in court documents. Isanti County Sheriff’s Capt. John Elder said the victim’s identify and age will be made public after his family was notified. Authorities claimed he was from Sandstone, Minnesota.
As stated in the charges: After the shooting victim arrived to Essentia Health hospital in Sandstone in his pickup vehicle driven by Quitter, the hospital dialed emergency dispatch. The victim “had numerous bullet holes to his chest that appeared to be caused by birdshot from a shotgun,” the lawsuit stated. The complaint said he “had over 250 BB wounds with a large concentration of them centered on the left side of his chest.” There was also a wound on his bicep consistent with being hit with a shotgun shell wad. By the time sheriff’s deputies got to the hospital, the victim had already passed away. Quitter handed a note bearing his name, “Lake Alma Road” and “Dick Berglund property” to the medical staff. According to the allegations, he said there had been “a coon hunting accident” and drove off in the pickup. A woman told law enforcement that she went to Quitter’s trailer on the Berglund property on Lake Alma Road with the shooting victim, who was her boyfriend, to pick up some of her possessions.
She claimed to have dated Quitter in the past, but their relationship had ended. She claimed that as soon as she went inside the trailer to meet Quitter, her boyfriend drove up, yelled, and shattered a window. The woman reported hearing a gunshot, running to her boyfriend’s pickup where she saw him unconscious. In the neighboring woods, investigators discovered shotgun shells and a pump shotgun. Early that afternoon, Quitter was apprehended after being seen driving the victim’s truck northeast of Sandstone and giving police a chase at up to 80 mph. The complaint claims that Quitter “various accounts of how the shooting happened, but he would acknowledge that his explanations were illogical each time. Quitter said he didn’t shoot [the man], yet he did, albeit unintentionally.”
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