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Update: Suspect's family offers condolences in Orono doctor shooting


There are additional details about the suspect in the shooting death of a prominent Twin Cities physician. The suspect was killed in a confrontation with police in the front yard of Dr. Stephen Larson's Orono home on Friday.

The Pioneer Press identified the dead man as Ted Hoffstrom, 30, of St. Anthony. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner said Hoffstrom died of multiple gunshot wounds. Hoffstrom does not appear to have a criminal history, according to public records searches performed by the newspaper. KSTP reported that a source with information from the case said Dr. Larson and the suspected shooter knew each other. The source said Dr. Larson assisted with the delivery when Hoffstrom was born 30 years ago.

KMSP reported that Hoffstrom is an attorney who attended the University of St. Thomas law school, but it's unclear what his connection may have been to the doctor.

"It is with great sadness that we extend our heartfelt prayers and sympathy to the family of Dr. Stephen Larson," the Hoffstrom family said in a statement. "We are shocked and saddened by this news, and many questions remain unanswered."

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner ruled Larson's death a homicide. The 74-year-old OB/GYN was shot multiple times. Police found his body when they responded to a welfare check. Orono police said that the incident was isolated and there is no danger to the public

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 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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