Brother jailed in St. Paul slaying

  • Article by: HERÓN MÁRQUEZ ESTRADA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 7, 2010 - 10:36 PM

A 38-year-old St. Paul man could be charged Monday in the shooting death of his brother over the weekend, the St. Paul Police Department reported Sunday.

Police arrested Eric John Orloske at his home on the East Side late Saturday night.

His older brother, Brian Scott Orloske, 40, of Houlton, Wis., had been shot in the head with a shotgun, according to Sgt. Paul Schnell, the St. Paul police spokesman.

Schnell said police found the Wisconsin man dead when officers arrived about 11:30 p.m. at the home in the 1300 block of Reaney Avenue.

The two brothers were the only ones in the home. Schnell said there is no clear motive as yet, although people with the brothers earlier in the evening said the two had argued.

The younger Orloske was arrested without incident. He is the only suspect in the case, Schnell said. He said both men had been drinking, but it was unclear how intoxicated they were at the time of the shooting.

Schnell said the case will be submitted by noon Monday to the Ramsey County attorney's office for possible charges.

The killing was the city's sixth homicide this year, and the second homicide involving brothers in two weeks.

The death also marked the third time this year that a killing has been the result of intrafamilial violence, Schnell said.

Although the incidents are unrelated, and their number too small to be statistically significant, St. Paul police will analyze the cases to see what, if anything, can be learned from them, Schnell said Sunday.

"No one is saying that these deaths could have been prevented," he said. "But the chief is at least asking the question, what we can learn?"

Heron Marquez Estrada • 612-673-4280

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