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More details emerge about shootings that left 3 dead at Apple Valley home

A man shot his mother and his brother dead, before turning the gun on himself.

More details have emerged about the shooting at an Apple Valley home that left a mother and her two sons dead.

Apple Valley Police Department has not issued any more updates on the murder-suicide since the weekend, but the victims have since been identified as Janice Petrovich, 60, and her sons Jonathan and Alexander, 23 and 27.

According to search warrant affidavits filed this week in Hennepin County District Court, police believe that Janice and Jonathan Petrovich were shot dead by Alexander, who himself died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Officers responding to the home at 13640 Upper Elkwood Court, a quiet cul-de-sac in Apple Valley, also found two dogs that had been fatally shot.

The search warrant also reveals that Alexander Petrovich had mental health issues, with those who knew him saying he was prone to "fits of rage and confrontational behavior."

Police are looking to search a home in Westbend Road, Golden Valley, which was the former home of Jonathan and Alexander's father James Petrovich, the ex-husband of Janice, who died this past July.

The court filing says that Alexander Petrovich still spent time at the home.

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The Pioneer Press reports that police have been called to the Apple Valley home five times in the past two years, including on one occasion in Aug. 2017 when Janice Petrovich had reported that Alexander and Jonathan had been arguing the previous night, and the next day Alexander had punched 11 holes in the drywall.

He was sentenced to 45 days in jail for this, after being convicted of criminal damage to property, but the newspaper notes this was his only criminal conviction.

You can find information on National Alliance on Mental Illness resources and crisis help in Minnesota here.

A list of links to local domestic violence programs can be found here.

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