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911 call ends in apparent murder-suicide in Faribault

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Faribault Police say a woman who called law enforcement for help is dead in an apparent murder-suicide in Faribault.

The dead couple is identified as Amanda Schroeder, 32, and Brandon Akermark, 27.

Police were dispatched to a residence on the 700 block of 3rd St NW Monday at 8:08 p.m. after Schroeder reported Akermark was drinking and throwing things around the home.

Schroeder said she was unable to leave the residence, according to a press release from Faribault police.  She also expressed concern that Akermark had two guns in the home and warned that he might try to flee when officers arrived.

The press release says the dispatcher heard Schroeder scream and then lost contact.  There was no response when police knocked on the door, which was unlocked.  Inside the home, Schroeder and Akermark were discovered unresponsive.

Schroeder appeared to have suffered multiple gunshot wounds, according to the release.  Life-saving measures were attempted, but Schroeder was pronounced dead at the scene.  Akermark appeared to have suffered a single gunshot wound to the head and was declared dead.  A handgun was found lying next to him.

Both bodies were sent to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner for autopsy.

Chief of Police Andy Bohlen encouraged domestic violence victims to reach out for help.  “There are several resources devoted to addressing this community epidemic,” said Bohlen.

The investigation is active and ongoing, according to invesitgators.

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