Orono victim remembered as beloved physician

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A profile is emerging of Stephen Larson, the 74-year-old doctor found shot to death in his Orono home Friday.

The Fox Hill Neighborhood Association circulated an email Saturday confirming his identity, according to Fox 9. Neighbors said he had lived on Heritage Lane for 12 years, and called him "a wonderful friend."

Colleagues said he was a beloved OB GYN who could have retired, but kept up his practice in Edina and Burnsville, where he founded OB/GYN Specialists 33 years ago.

His long-time colleague there, Dr. Tony Shibley, called him an exceptional physician.

"He's one of the last of the great giants of physicians that we all imagine and dream about," Shibley said. "His passion for knowledge was unending."

Dr. Larson's biography on the OB/GYN Specialists website has a long list of honors and accomplishments, including being named a "top doc" by Mpls. St. Paul Magazine. He was an adjunct professor in the obstetrics department at the University of Minnesota Medical School and practiced with the Fairview Health System.

In a video on the Fairview website, Dr. Larson talks about his specialty, pelvic surgery and reconstruction, and his commitment to patients.

Friends said Dr. Larson was a dog-lover with a great sense of humor who was available to his patients 24/7.

The Star Tribune reports Hennepin County officials remain tight-lipped about the circumstances of the shooting.

“We’re getting absolutely nothing out of the sheriff’s department," son Christopher Ivins Larson of Lone Tree, Colo., told the newspaper by phone Saturday afternoon. " I’m understandably at a loss and a little reluctant to contribute anything until I at least know what happened.”

Stacey Larson, one of his daughters, sent this statement to KARE 11: "I would like you all to know what a wonderful man, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother and friend he was, even to those he didn't really know. Very huge heart that man had and I'm proud to have been given that same heart."

Neighbors were cleaning the Orono split-level before his widow Cindy Larson returns from a family home in Arizona.

Police found Dr. Larson's body inside his home Friday night after they responded to an unknown trouble call in the 1000 block of Heritage Lane just before 9 p.m.

When police arrived they found another man armed with a handgun in the front yard of the residence, according to a report from KSTP. Shots were fired during that confrontation, and the man was shot and killed by police. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office said he was pronounced dead at the scene. Police have not released his name.

Condolences are pouring in via Twitter:

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