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Wife one of two arrested in death of National Guardsman


A man and woman have been arrested in connection with the gunshot slaying of a St. Paul National Guardsman last Monday.

Brandon J. Horst, 25, was found dead inside his home on the West Side. He was a sergeant with the Minnesota National Guard’s 133rd Security Force Squadron.

The Star Tribune reports that charges are expected Monday against his wife, who is 24, and a 25-year-old man from South St. Paul, according to St. Paul police spokesman Howie Padilla. Police did not address the relationship between the two suspects or about what may have motivated the slaying. WCCO said that authorities aren’t seeking other suspects.

The newspaper said that the male suspect has an extensive criminal history that includes convictions for thefts, burglary, terroristic threats, receiving stolen property and carrying a pistol without a permit.

The two are being held in the Ramsey County Detention Center on suspicion of homicide, pending court appearances on Monday. Horst's wife was booked under her maiden name.

The Pioneer Press earlier reported that on Horst's LinkedIn page, he was identified as a security officer with a firm that maintains security operations for buildings

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