Armed man killed outside slain Orono physician's home identified

  • Article by: ANTHONY LONETREE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 17, 2013 - 11:31 PM

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office was tight-lipped about the connection between an Orono doctor and a man with a gun.


They both died at the end of an Orono cul-de-sac of multiple gunshot wounds, one a prominent OB-GYN physician and the other a 2009 law-school graduate.

But what was the connection?

On Sunday night, authorities still wouldn’t say, even after the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office identified Ted C. Hoffstrom, 30, a University of St. Thomas law school graduate from St. Anthony, as the armed man who was killed by police Friday night outside the home of Dr. Stephen Larson, 74.

Hoffstrom, suspected of fatally shooting Larson, had a virtually spotless record, and a friendly demeanor, too, friends say.

But authorities on Sunday again declined to provide any further details about Hoffstrom or how the two men may have known one another.

Of the possible links between them, Jennifer Johnson, a sheriff’s spokeswoman, said simply: “We can’t comment. It’s still an active investigation.”

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is scheduled to hold a news conference on the case on Monday afternoon.

At Hoffstrom’s home, family members posted a written statement on the front door expressing sympathy for the Larson family, and added that “many questions remain unanswered.”

Larson’s family could not be reached for comment.

Outside the Orono residence Sunday, a neighbor said: “Nobody’s home. Nobody’s talking.”

Just before 9 p.m. Friday, police officers responding to a call about trouble at Larson’s house on Heritage Lane in Orono arrived to find Hoffstrom in the front yard armed with a handgun.

Shots were fired, and Hoffstrom died at the scene.

Officers then went into the house and found Larson’s body.

Larson, who founded a medical group in Edina and Burnsville, was a well-known expert on pelvic surgery and a former adjunct professor in the department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Women’s Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

His family had said on Saturday that they were mystified by the shooting.

Two bouquets of flowers were left outside the home on Sunday.

On Hilldale Avenue NE. in St. Anthony, a woman loading a vehicle outside the Hoffstrom home said that no one in the family would have a comment.

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