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Couple in shootout with deputy tied to burglary at veterinary clinic

Authorities believe the Fargo couple who were involved in a shootout with a Douglas County Sheriff's deputy in rural Alexandria on February 24 were also responsible for a burglary at the Douglas County Animal Hospital hours before the shooting.

"We have enough evidence to show that Devin Blowers, 24, and Katie Christopherson, 29, were the persons responsible for the burglary and theft of items from the Douglas County Animal Hospital," said Alexandria Police Chief Rick Wyffels in a news release issued Friday. He added that investigators recovered items from the scene of the officer-involved shooting that were linked back to the burglary.

"At this point, we have no reason to believe anyone was else was involved with the burglary," said the chief. "This case is closed."

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension determined that Blowers shot and killed Christopherson before killing himself after a Douglas County deputy checked on their vehicle and Blowers shot him in the chest. The deputy was saved by wearing a bullet-proof vest. The shooting happened at the end of a private driveway off 50th Avenue in Hudson Township.

Police responded to the Animal Hospital burglary on February 25 at around 8 a.m. The suspect(s) gained entry by force through a locked door. An undisclosed quantity of veterinary medication was reported missing from the business.

The police department worked with the BCA and the Douglas County Sheriff's office in closing the burglary case.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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