Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

Former Faribault cop killed his ex-wife, himself after she took out restraining order

Police have identified the two people found dead in an apparent murder-suicide on Friday.
Author:

Police have released more details about the two fatal shootings reported at the Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce building on Friday.

Faribault Police said that the deceased are 59-year-old Barbara Larson and her ex-husband Richard Larson, 61, who is believed to have killed his former wife before turning the gun on himself.

Barbara Larson was employed at the Chamber of Commerce on Wilson Ave NW., where her body was found along with her ex-husband's behind a desk on Friday afternoon.

Richard Larson was a former Faribault police officer who retired in 2008.

The Larsons divorced in 2014 and just last week, a harassment restraining order was served on Richard Larson.

"Being such a small community, Faribault PD has worked with both in the past," Faribault police chief Andy Bohlen said. "Our collective hearts are broken after responding to such a tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with all families involved."

KARE 11 spoke with members of the Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce, who described her as a "friendly, gregarious co-worker who everyone loved to be around.

"She will be missed forever by all who knew her."

The Faribault Daily News reports that in the restraining order, Barbara Larson alleged that her husband had assaulted her in Dec. 2013 by grabbing her by the neck and pushing her up against the wall.

She also accused him of a pattern of stalking and harassment and expressed fears for her own safety, even stipulating that the restraining order prohibit him from attending public events at the Chamber of Commerce.

Next Up

Kirill Kaprizov

Wild win battle of NHL's hottest teams, extend winning streak to six

Kirill Kaprizov delivered a shootout winner to take down the Maple Leafs.

Eric Kendricks

Vikings downgrade Eric Kendricks to out against Lions

The Vikings have also activated Michael Pierce from injured reserve.

u.s. attorney

Minnesotan sentenced after assaulting man with baseball bat

Marshall Wayne Boshey was sentenced to 30 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release.

Target store

Target's gift card discount is back, but for this weekend only

The fine print: for Target Circle members only (but membership is free).

Screen Shot 2020-06-15 at 7.11.05 AM

Minneapolis teen arrested in St. Cloud after fleeing police in stolen vehicle

The vehicle was stolen in a car-jacking in Minneapolis Thursday.

snow, blowing snow

Winter storm warnings issued with heavy snow set to slam MN

Parts of northern Minnesota could see more than a foot of snow, but there won't be much in the Twin Cities.

D'Angelo Russell

With KAT out, Timberwolves can't upset Nets

D'Angelo Russell stepped up but couldn't overcome Brooklyn's firepower.

Everson Griffen Vikings dot com

Everson Griffen confirms he has bipolar disorder

"I’ve been running from it a long time. I’m not ashamed of it anymore.”

Angela Renee Jones, St. Cloud murder suspect

St. Cloud suspect now charged in two local murder cases

Both murders happened within a day of each other in June.

Related

24-year-old found dead near historic Duluth site

Police have identified the 24-year-old man who was found dead in downtown Duluth on Friday.

Miller-brantley

Charges: Man killed mom-of-3 after she kicked him out of her home

The 27-year-old's body was found in her Frogtown home on Friday.

Former MN fitness trainer killed in gym shooting in Florida

Mario Hortis was one of two people killed by a recently-fired worker on Saturday.

Derek Chauvin

Derek Chauvin's wife 'devastated' by George Floyd death, will divorce husband

Chauvin was charged with murder and manslaughter on Friday.

Charges: Man doused ex in gas as she slept, then set her alight

Vanessa Danielson died in the fire at a Minneapolis duplex.

Lawmaker files restraining order against ex-boyfriend

Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, took out a restraining order against former boyfriend and McLeod County Republican Party Chairman Eric Harpel after he "stalked" her, made threats, and sent "lewd" emails, according to a petition filed in Douglas County. He denies the accusations, calling one "absurd."