Ted Hoffstrom was upset with way Dr. Stephen Larson treated his mother, authorities say
:::: UPDATE :::: Strib reports Ted Hoffstrom was upset over birth defects, then retracts it
This afternoon, Hennepin County authorities provided a bit more information about the chain of events culminating in the incident that left both Ted Hoffstrom and Dr. Stephen Larson dead at Larson's Orono home on Friday night.
While many questions remain, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek said there was some sort of personal animosity from the Hoffstrom family toward Larson because of medical treatments Larson performed on Hoffstrom's mother. KSTP previously reported that Larson, the acclaimed founder of the OBGYN Specialists clinics, assisted in Ted Hoffstrom's childbirth 30 years ago.
Here's tweets from reporters who were covering today's presser:
Hennepin Co. Sheriff Rich Stanek: Stephen Larson had provided medical care to Hoffstrom's mother; Hoffstrom "expressed hostility" toward him-- Marino Eccher (@MarinoEccher) November 18, 2013
Dr Larson only one at home-- fox9 Scott Wasserman (@Fox9wasserman) November 18, 2013
Larson was on the phone with someone else when Hoffstrom arrived. Line was open during shooting. Caller then called 911-- Marino Eccher (@MarinoEccher) November 18, 2013
Dr. Larson (left) and Hoffstrom.
Sheriff not talking details of the treatment, when it occurred it, what form Hoffstrom's hostility took, if threats were made-- Marino Eccher (@MarinoEccher) November 18, 2013
Four Orono officers, including chief, were involved in shooting of Hoffstrom on lawn. All four on administrative leave-- Marino Eccher (@MarinoEccher) November 18, 2013
Stanek: shooting of Hoffstrom took place after "diligent attempts to negotiate"-- Marino Eccher (@MarinoEccher) November 18, 2013
Sheriff Stanek: The gun used to kill Larson was same gun found with Hoffstrom. Hoffstrom is only suspect in this case. @kare11-- Dave Berggren (@daveberggren) November 18, 2013
Stanek cut off questions after about 10 minutes, citing medical privacy laws as the reason he wouldn't answer more questions about the Hoffstrom family's treatment history with Larson and the ongoing investigation to explain why he was remaining somewhat tight-lipped about what happened in the moments leading up to police opening fire on Hoffstrom.
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