Skip to main content

Police identify man shot twice in head at MN state park

  • Author:
  • Updated:

The victim of a shooting at a Minnesota state park last week has been identified by police.

Freeborn County Sheriff Kurt Freitag confirmed on Wednesday night that Spencer Daniel Brown, 23, of rural Freeborn County, died after he was shot twice in the head.

The shooting happened in Myre-Big Island State Park near Albert Lea on Aug. 23, with 26-year-old David Easter arrested and charged with second degree murder.

His attorney has said the shooting, which occurred in a parking lot near the Big Island pavilion, was in self-defense.

Easter, a member of the National Guard, was sitting in his car with his wife and baby when police arrived at the scene.

He told police that Brown was "acting erratically" and genuinely believed his family was in danger, also saying Brown came at him with a baseball bat – but prosecutors say there isn't enough evidence supporting this.

His wife told police she heard the two men exchanging words outside the car but couldn't tell what they were saying, apart from Brown at one point asking her husband to stop shining a light on him. She then heard two gunshots.

After the shooting, Easter called police to tell them what had happened. Brown's body was found in his car, which was locked, the Albert Lea Tribune reported.

On Wednesday, Sheriff Freitag told the news that both men had recent ties to Omaha, Nebraska, but at this point there doesn't appear to be a prior connection between them.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-08-14 at 10.24.22 AM

Teen driver crashes into parked payloader; 16-year-old passenger dies

The crash happened early Saturday morning in Waconia.

Screen Shot 2022-08-14 at 10.10.50 AM

Barrage of gunfire injures boy in Brooklyn Park; vehicles, apartments damaged

Police say they recovered evidence that more than 40 rounds were fired in the shooting.

Screen Shot 2022-08-14 at 9.15.07 AM

Minnesota Wild back away from thin blue line T-shirt giveaway

The giveaway backfired when word of it reached social media.

Screen Shot 2022-08-13 at 1.26.13 PM

Workers at Minneapolis Trader Joe's become 2nd in nation to unionize

The vote was certified by the National Labor Relations Board Friday.

ATV, all-terrain vehicle

Driver killed in ATV crash in Brooklyn Park

The crash occurred in Monroe Park Friday night.


Woman killed by suspected drunk-driver in St. Louis County

The crash occurred on Highway 21 in Embarrass Township Friday night.

Jaelyn Campbell

11-year-old girl missing from Mille Lacs County

Jaelyn Campbell was last seen in Onamia.

Screen Shot 2022-08-12 at 1.58.08 PM

2 ejected, 1 killed in crash that closed southbound I-35

The State Patrol says neither were wearing seat belts.

best buy

Best Buy makes job cuts weeks after warning of soft sales

The Richfield retailer has been dealing with a shift in consumer trends.

Screen Shot 2022-08-12 at 10.26.20 PM

Man makes 'vague comments' about Jewish people, smashes own car with club

It happened at a course that was founded as a Jewish country club 100 years ago.

Screen Shot 2022-08-12 at 9.59.07 PM

4 abandoned puppies found in a bucket in Willmar

The puppies were in good health when they were discovered.

Minneapolis police

Suspect of home invasion, murder in Minneapolis arrested in Wisconsin

There have been 57 deaths reported as homicides in Minneapolis this year.