Man, woman killed in Hwy. 212 shooting are identified


Authorities have identified the two people who were shot to death following a police chase along Highway 212 in Eden Prairie on Friday.

KSTP reports 34-year-old Dawn Marie Pfister and Matthew Vincent Serbus, 36, died from multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is leading the investigation into how the two died after a high-speed chase that ended in a crash on Highway 212 in Eden Prairie Friday morning.

FOX 9 reports Pfister's mother Jill Walsh said the family received a phone call on Friday night around 11 p.m. saying one of the victims of the shooting was their daughter based on her driver's license. Walsh told FOX 9 the agent would only say it is being treated as a "homicide investigation" so they would not be able to see the body until the investigation is complete.

Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske did not offer additional information on Saturday, according to FOX 9. Roeske said, "we have no information available beyond yeserday's release and news conference."

At that news conference Friday, Roeske declined to comment on whether the incident involved a hostage situation.

According to the Star Tribune, BCA spokeswoman Jill Oliveria said on Saturday details won't be released until after all officers involved in the incident and witnesses are interviewed.

The chase began about 7:30 a.m. Friday after witnesses called police about a red Saab speeding and driving erratically near Highway 212 and County Road 51. Witnesses told Fox 9 they saw the car driving erratically earlier as far west as Glencoe.

The Star Tribune reports the chase reached speeds of 80 to 90 miles an hour and happened in the morning rush hour. A stretch of Highway 212 between Highway 41 and Dell Road in Eden Prairie was shutdown for nine hours on Friday.

The suspect's car crashed into another car at Highway 212 and County Road 43, before taking off again at high speeds with the hood up. The driver in the other vehicle was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

“I heard a thump on the back of the car and flew into the guardrail and spun around and hit the other one,” said Sandra Bargmann, the 61-year-old driver who was rear-ended.

Bargmann, 61, said Friday night that she was on her way from her Glencoe home to her job in Shakopee.

The Minnesota State Patrol, Carver County sheriff’s deputies and Chaska police gave chase. Officers also placed stop sticks on the highway just east of Audubon Road, puncturing at least two of the Saab’s tires.

The driver crashed into a noise wall between Highway 101 and Dell Road. A man and woman got out of the car. That's when gunshots erupted.

A neighbor, Clarence Ramsey, said he is an Army veteran, knows the sound of gunshots, and was worried when he heard Friday morning's.

“I had a grim feeling, because this is not hunting season,” he said. “It’s not the time of the year to hear gunshots. It was out of place … It’s not something we like to hear in Eden Prairie.”

No officers were shot. One trooper, two Chaska police officers, and one Carver County deputy were involved, and have been placed on standard administrative leave.

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