Victims of officer-involved shooting on Highway 212 identified - KMSP-TV

Victims of officer-involved shooting on Highway 212 identified

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CHASKA, Minn. (KMSP) -

Authorities have confirmed the identities of the two victims shot to death in Eden Prairie along Highway 212.

According to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office, 34-year-old Dawn Marie Pfister and 36-year-old Matthew Vincent Serbus died from multiple gunshot wounds following the chase and crash that closed Highway 212 in both directions for several hours.

According to Pfister's mother Jill Walsh, the family received a phone call at about 11 p.m. on Friday night from Officer Michael Phill saying one of the victims of the Highway 212 shooting was their daughter based on her driver's license. 

"I told the officer that me and my wife would be in route immediately to Minnesota, at that point he advised me that this is under a homicide investigation, and under a homicide investigation we cannot see the body, we cannot have the body released," Pfister's stepfather Frank Walsh said.

Pfister, a mother of two, and her boyfriend, Serbus, were involved in a high-speed chase with police that ended in a crash on Friday. After emerging from the car, police surrounded both of them and shots were fired. One State Trooper, two Chaska police officers and one Carver County Sheriff's Deputy have been placed on standard administrative leave as the BCA investigates the shooting. No officers were injured.

"She was the type of person who welcomed everyone with open arms. She was that kind of a person, she didn't judge people, so I certainly hope people don't judge her because of this incident for being in that car," Jill Walsh said.

Pfister's parents confirmed to Fox 9 News that the red Saab driven during the chase does not belong to their daughter and that she did not own a gun of any kind. The Walshes also told Fox 9 News they will come to Minnesota this week to take their daughter's body home for burial in Illinois; however, it remains unclear if they'll be able to return home with any answers while the investigation continues.

"I can't put the blame on anybody right now because I don't know what happened," Jill Walsh said. "All I know is that my daughter is dead and somebody killed her."

Jill Walsh explained that her daughter had only recently started dating Serbus after meeting in Wisconsin a few weeks ago. Via phone, she said that now, she is also keeping his family in her thoughts.

"At this point in time, I know that they're going through exactly what I'm going through," she said. "I give them my condolences. I'm not angry. I don't know what happened."

Serbus once lived in St. Paul, and he his criminal record shows 36 Minnesota court cases and 21 in Wisconsin dating back to 1996 -- most for traffic violations, though several were for forgery and theft. His parents still live in Hanover, Minn.; however, a family spokesperson said they will not do any interviews and plan to mourn the loss of their son in private.

Both Serbus and Pfister have active warrants on file in Olmsted County but the nature of the warrants will likely remain unknown until the weekend is over.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner ruled both deaths as a homicide. Law enforcement officials have not confirmed who fired the shots that killed the two victims.

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