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Victim identified in Rochester killing; city has most homicides in 25-year span

Police said they believed there was a knock at the residence and the victim was shot upon opening the door.

Posted: Sep 10, 2018 5:47 AM
Updated: Feb 13, 2019 10:33 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The victim has been identified in a deadly shooting Monday morning in Rochester that gave the city its most homicides in a 25-year span.

Police say Brandon Matthew Arndt, 38 of Rochester, was found shot in the head Monday morning and was lying inside the rear door of his mobile home trailer in the 1900 block of Marion Road SE.  Officers were called to the area just after 4:01 a.m. after a 911 call.  The caller, who was also inside the trailer, said someone had knocked on the rear door and when Arndt answered it, the caller heard a loud bang and found Arndt had been shot.

Rochester police, fire personnel and Gold Cross Ambulance paramedics tried to save Arndt, but he was declared dead at the scene.

An investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Rochester police at (507) 328-6800 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.  No arrest has been made.

This is Rochester’s fifth homicide of 2018, tying it with 1996 and 2008 as the deadliest year for homicides in the city in the past 25 years.

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