Suspect ID'd in Orono officer-involved shooting

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ORONO, Minn. - The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office released the identity of an armed man shot and killed by police outside the home where an Orono doctor was slain Friday night.

The department identified the gunman as Ted Hoffstrom, 30, of St. Anthony. He died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Records show Hoffstrom graduated from the University of St. Thomas law school, and has held jobs in banking, the state legislature and local court system.

Orono police said officers were called to the 1000 block of Heritage Road just before 9 p.m.

When they arrived they found a Hoffstrom in the front yard of the home holding a handgun. Shots were fired and the suspect was killed by police.

Officers then entered the home of Dr. Stephen Larson, where they found his body. The 74-year-old was a physician at OBGYN Specialists in Edina. The medical examiner said Larson died of multiple gunshot wounds. His death was ruled a homicide.

One of Larson's daughter's told 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."

A statement from Hoffstrom's parents was taped the door of the family's home. 

"It is with great sadness that we extend our heartfelt prayers and sympathy to the family of Dr. Stephen Larson. Our hearts are broken for all of those affected by this tragic event. We are shocked and saddened by this news, and many questions remain unanswered. We hope that the public will understand that this is a very difficult time for our family. We are grieving the loss of our son, and ask that you please respect our privacy at this time."

Hundreds of Larson's patients wrote in to the KARE 11 Facebook page, expressing grief. He was known professionally across the world for his vaginal and pelvic surgery expertise. He had delivered thousands of babies.

Susie Lees, of Minnetonka, called him an old-fashioned doctor who made time for patients. She has known him for 40 years and says he was instrumental in giving her a daughter after infertility struggles. Lees just saw Larson for a yearly appointment last week and said he was in good spirits.

"We had a a good conversation. We always talked about each others' kids and families and got caught up. But this time, when he left he said , 'Well Suz, God willing we will see each other again in a year,' and then he walked out the door," said Lees. "I will remember my last visit with him."

The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office will hold a press conference 2 p.m. Monday afternoon to reveal more details in the case.

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