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Report: Cop, son slain in Minn. home, younger son surrenders

Todd Besser

CBS Minnesota

ST. MICHAEL, Minn. -- A police officer and his 27-year-old son were shot dead in a suburban Minneapolis home Saturday night, police say, and the officer's younger son has reportedly surrendered to authorities.

Todd Besser, a 16-year veteran of the Elk River Police Department, was found dead along with his son Blake Besser in what police are calling a double homicide, reports CBS Minnesota.

The Wright County Sheriff's Office says the slayings stemmed from a "domestic incident," reports the station. Officials responded to the St. Michael home around 7 p.m. Saturday after they received a 911 call from a male in the home, saying he had been shot.

Officers found Blake Besser shot to death in the kitchen, and Todd Besser, 49, slain in the basement.

Todd Besser's three sons lived in the home, reports the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Todd Besser had re-married and had been living in nearby Otsego, and the mother of the three sons no longer lived in the home, reports the paper.

One of the sons, 21-year-old Chris Besser, reportedly called Wright County Sheriff's Office Communications Center from a Monticello gas station and said he wanted to turn himself in. He was arrested and taken into custody on suspicion of second-degree homicide in the murders of his father and brother, reports the station.

He hasn't yet been charged, reports the paper.

Elk River Mayor John Dietz said Todd Besser's death is a "tremendous loss" to the city.

"This is a very sad day for Elk River. Officer Besser was very good at what he did. We wish our deep condolences for all his family," Dietz said, according to CBS Minnesota.

Todd Besser, an Air Force veteran, was a highly decorated officer, having received a medal of valor and two lifesaving awards, reports the station. He had reportedly married a year and a half ago.