Woman killed, man dies in apparent murder-suicide in Faribault

The woman called police about her boyfriend, but the dispatcher lost contact.
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Police believe a 27-year-old man fatally shot a 32-year-old woman before turning the gun on himself in Faribault Monday night. 

According to police, Amanda Schroeder called police around 8:08 p.m. to report her boyfriend had been drinking and was throwing things around their home on the 700 block of 3rd Street Northwest. She reported she wasn't able to leave the home. 

Schroeder said her boyfriend, Brandon Akermark, had two guns in the home and he might flight or flee police when they arrived. 

"While collecting information, the dispatcher heard the caller scream and then lost contact. Calls back to the caller went unanswered," a news release says. "When officers arrived, officers received no response when they knocked."

Police could see overturned furniture inside and found Schroeder and Akermark unresponsive inside. Schroeder had been shot multiple times and was declared dead at the scene. Akermark appeared to have a single gunshot wound to the head and was declared dead. He had a handgun lying next to him. 

“Our deepest condolences go to the family members of both Amanda and Brandon as they deal with this unspeakable tragedy," Chief Andy Bohlen said in a statement. “Initial investigation leads us to believe this incident was contained to this residence and there is no ongoing threat to the public. 

"We encourage anyone experiencing domestic violence to reach out for help. There are several resources devoted to addressing this community epidemic," Bohlen said. "We also encourage anyone that hears neighbors involved in domestic violence to call the police immediately as it could save a life.” 

According to Violence Free Minnesota, at least 15 people have died from intimate partner homicide in Minnesota this year. 

If you know anyone who is affected by domestic violence, you can find more information on services available here, via the Minnesota DPS.

You can also call the Day One Crisis Hotline at 1-866-223-1111.

Note: The details provided in this story are based on the police’s latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

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