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Five People And Dog Found Dead In Minnesota Home, Suspected Killer Among The Deceased

Although Duluth Police have yet to identify the five people who died in the tragedy, they said investigators believe they were all related to one another. A local station reported the suspected killer was among the dead.

By Jill Sederstrom
A suburban Neighborhood Street

Five people and a dog were found dead in a Minnesota home in what police are calling an “unimaginable tragedy.”

The dead — who police believe were all related to one another — were found in a Duluth home Wednesday afternoon, according to a statement from the Duluth Police Department.

They said that the nearby Hermantown Police Department received a request for a welfare check on a man around 11:18 a.m. Wednesday but, when they went to the home, they were unable to make contact with him.

Hermantown Police reached out to the Duluth Police Department for assistance after they discovered “information” that led authorities to a Duluth home in the 700 block of East 12th Street — around 7 miles away — a home that police said “was known to the subject” of the initial welfare check.

They discovered “intelligence” and information that the man had access to weapons, which prompted them to request additional help on the scene from numerous law enforcement and public safety agencies in the area.

After a “methodical search” of the premises, Duluth Police were able to enter the home and discovered the bodies of five people and a dog inside.

“Earlier today there was an unimaginable tragedy that has stuck our community, one that is very, very difficult for us. It makes us have heavy, heavy hearts,” Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken said at a news conference Wednesday afternoon, according to The Duluth News Tribune.

Police have not yet revealed the cause of death for any of the victims. They also declined to release the identities of the dead, pending notifications to the family.

The male suspect, who had been experiencing a mental health crisis, was reportedly among the dead, according to local station KQDS-TV.

Oxygen.com reached out to the Duluth Police for additional information, but did not receive an immediate response.

Tusken said his “thoughts and prayers” go out to the victims’ family and friends.

‘Duluth Mayor Emily Larson also referenced the tragedy on Twitter.

“Things happened today that can’t be undone. Tonight we are a community in pain and shock, sharing a sorrow for the loss of our people,” she wrote. “My heart, like yours, absolutely hurts for the pain of loved ones and the fear people likely experienced on their final day here with us.”

Police said the investigation remains “active and ongoing.”