Victim identified Dikken as shooter before he died
By Tom Cherveny
Forum News Service
GRANITE FALLS, Minn. – Andrew Dikken, arrested Tuesday after eluding authorities for two weeks, entered the home of Kara Monson in Granite Falls sometime after 3 a.m. on Sept. 2 and began shooting her and Chris Panitzke as they were sleeping in a bed, according to the allegations in a criminal complaint filed Wednesday.
The complaint filed Yellow Medicine County District Court charges Dikken, 28, of Granite Falls, formerly of Renville, with two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Monson, 26, of Granite Falls, and Panitzke, 28, of Redwood Falls.
Monson died at the scene of multiple gunshots wounds, but Panitzke, 28, remained conscious and made the 911 call that summoned help. He told the first officers on the scene that Dikken had shot him and his girlfriend. He again identified Dikken as the assailant when questioned by another officer at the Granite Falls Hospital Emergency Room, where he had been taken for care, according to the complaint.
Panitzke was airlifted to the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, where he died Sept. 8 of complications from the multiple gunshot wounds he suffered.
The complaint also alleges that within hours of the shooting Monson had received text messages from Dikken, a former boyfriend. Investigators also learned that Dikken had sent a threatening message to one of Monson’s family members that indicated he was threatening Kara's life, according to the complaint.
Officers arrived at the Monson home that Dikken once shared with her around 3:28 a.m. About that time, a video camera at a Casey’s convenience store about three blocks away captured images of him.
His 1996 GMC pickup was found Sept. 4 in a gravel pit off of Redwood County Road 7 near the Minnesota River.
Dikken was taken into custody about 3 p.m. Tuesday when he showed up at his parents' home in Renville, and they immediately turned him in to the Renville County Sheriff in Olivia.
He is currently in custody at the Yellow Medicine County Jail in Granite Falls. He is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday morning in District Court in Granite Falls.