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Medical examiner releases details in south Minneapolis murder-suicide

Kjersten Schladetzky, William and Nelson Photo: Photo taken from memorial
Kjersten Schladetzky, William and Nelson

Updated: December 04, 2019 07:43 AM

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner on Tuesday released details regarding the south Minneapolis murder-suicide that left two children, a woman and man deceased.

The medical examiner's office identified those killed as 39-year-old Kjersten Schladetzky, 8-year-old Nelson Schladetzky, 11-year-old William Schladetzky and 53-year-old David Schladetzky.

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Minneapolis Police officers responded to a call of shots fired that was quickly upgraded to a shooting around 10 a.m. Sunday at a house near Oakland Avenue South and 28th Street East. Officers found the two boys outside suffering from gunshot wounds. They were put in squad cars and driven away from the scene, but both were later pronounced dead from their injuries.

Police were later able to get inside the house where they found Kjersten and David Schladetzky deceased.


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The medical examiner report says Nelson and William died of gunshot wounds. Kjersten Schladetzky died of multiple gunshot wounds and a stab wound to the chest.

All three deaths were declared homicides.

The medical examiner said David Schladetzky died of suicide.

Witnesses said David Schladetzky shot the boys out in the street before going inside and shooting Kjersten Schladetzky.

Court records show that Kjersten and David Schladetzky were divorced and shared joint custody of their sons. Because it's an ongoing investigation, it could take some time before the circumstances become clear.

Court records also show David Schladetzky left a suicide note at the scene. A search warrant unsealed Tuesday didn't reveal the note's contents. 

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