Orono shooting update: Doctor treated suspect's mother

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Authorities were tight-lipped at a news conference Monday about what led up to a shooting in Orono that left a prominent Twin Cities physician and an attorney dead.

When police arrived at the home of Dr. Stephen Larson Friday night, 30-year-old Ted Hoffstrom of St. Anthony was standing on the front lawn armed with a semiautomatic handgun, police said. Larson, 74, was found dead inside with multiple gunshot wounds.

Hoffstrom, who attended the University of St. Thomas law school and just recently passed the bar, was shot and killed by Orono police after "diligent attempts to negotiate" failed, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek said at the news conference.

Although it's unclear exactly what the motive was, Stanek said Larson had previously treated Hoffstrom's mother and Hoffstrom was angry about how the doctor handled her care, the Star Tribune reports. Very few details were released.

A source had told KSTP that Larson had assisted with the delivery of Hoffstrom 30 years ago.

Hoffstrom is the only suspect in the doctor's death, Stanek said. He has no criminal background.

Stanek said the Orono police chief and three officers involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave while the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office investigates.

Larson was a longtime physician at OBGYN Specialists in Edina and Burnsville, which he founded 33 years ago. His biography on the OB/GYN Specialists' website lists multiple honors, including being named a “top doc” by Mpls. St. Paul Magazine. He was also an adjunct professor in the obstetrics department at the University of Minnesota Medical School and practiced with the Fairview Health System.

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