What led to shooting of Dr. Stephen Larson in Orono - KMSP-TV

Sheriff: Mother connects Orono shooter to Dr. Stephen Larson

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ORONO, Minn. (KMSP) -

Police revealed more information Monday afternoon regarding the shooting death of Dr. Stephen Larson at his Orono, Minn. home.

Larson, 74, was shot and killed at his home on the 1000 block of Heritage Lane just before 9 p.m. Friday. According to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner, Larson died of multiple gunshot wounds. He was the only one home at the time of the incident.

Police responding to the home encountered 30-year-old Ted Hoffstrom. Shots were fired and Hoffstrom was pronounced dead at the scene.


On Monday, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek said Larson had treated Hoffstrom's mother and that Hoffstrom had shown hostility toward Larson in the past.

According to state records, Hoffstrom is an attorney who attended the University of St. Thomas law school.


Investigators previously would not confirm whether Hoffstrom was considered a suspect in Larson's death, but Stanek confirmed Monday that he is -- and he's the only one.

"In the interest of public safety, we want you to know this was not a random act. Mr. Hoffstrom is the one and only suspect in the death of Dr. Larson," said Stanek. "Orono is a safe community and there is no threat to the public."

Stanek confirmed that the gun Hoffstrom had in his possession at the time of his death was the same weapon used to kill Larson.


From his patients to the coworkers at his medical practice, Larson was regarded as an exceptional physician. Those who knew him were filled with sadness and confusion when they learned of his death. His partner described the news as "unimaginable."

"It's not unexpected, from time to time, to hear that someone died," Dr. Tony Shibley said. "It's very unusual to hear that someone was murdered."


"It is with great sadness that we extend our heartfelt prayers and sympathy to the family of Dr. Stephen Larson. Our hearts are broken for all those affected by this tragic event.

"We are shocked and saddened by this news, and many questions remain unanswered. We hope that the public will understand that this is a very difficult time for our family. We are grieving the loss of our son, and ask that you please respect our privacy."


The following members of the Orono Police Department have been placed on paid administrative leave:

- Chief Correy Farniok
- Officer Brad Schoenherr
- Officer Paul Hooper
- Officer Josh Needham

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