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Big Lake city councilwoman allegedly killed by son

Authorities say the suspect's father reported the incident after his son allegedly killed his mother.

BIG LAKE, Minn. — The Sherburne County Sheriff's Office says one woman was found dead at a residence in Big Lake.

Police say they responded to a 911 call from the suspect's father, who advised police that his 20-year-old son had killed his mother. 

The 20-year-old was taken into custody at the scene, after deputies discovered the body of the deceased female. 

Big Lake City Council member Paul Knier identified the homicide victim as fellow council member Rose Johnson, who was appointed back in January 2019. He had just seen Johnson at a council meeting on Wednesday evening.

"She was a great person who cared about the community of Big Lake and stood up for her beliefs, and always came prepared," Knier said. "You say goodbye, you don't expect that to be the last time you're ever gonna see someone. I guess it's a reminder to all of us to appreciate the people who are in our lives."

The Sherburne County Sheriff's Office says the 20-year-old suspect is expected to make his first court appearance on Monday.


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