Authorities have established a timeline for the triple murder-suicide that claimed the life of a woman and her two children at the hands of her ex-husband.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has released the autopsy findings in the tragic killings in south Minneapolis, with their killer, the father of the victims, dying by suicide hours after the Dec. 1 slayings.
The Star Tribune is reporting on Tuesday evening that David S. Schladetzky, 53, left a suicide note prior to the shootings, and had obtained the gun he used legally.
He had filed for divorce from Kjersten Schladetzky, the mother of his boys, William and Nelson, last year, and it went through in June with the parents agreeing to joint custody.
David Schladetzky was pronounced dead at the scene on the 2600 block of Oakland Ave. at 2:26 p.m. He died by suicide from a gunshot wound to the head, the medical examiner ruled.
Just under five hours earlier, Schladetzky shot his two boys in the front yard of their home, and then went inside and turned the gun on his ex-wife and later himself.
William Schladetzky, 11, died just after 10 a.m., according to the medical examiner, while Nelson Schladetzky, 8, was transported to Hennepin Healthcare ER and died approximately 30 minutes later.
Kjersten Schladetzky died of multiple gunshot wounds and a stab wound to the chest, according to the autopsy results.
Her time of death was just after 10 a.m., although police didn't find her until hours later after what was initially believed to be a possible hostage situation was realized to be a triple-murder suicide, with David Schladetzky also found dead inside the home.
Officers rushed to the scene shortly after the first shots rang out, and on arrival found both boys lying in the snow-covered yard.
"Officers at their own peril, without any cover, went to those children," Minneapolis police spokesperson John Elder said Sunday, as reported by FOX 9, "and were able to get those two children into waiting squad cars."
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