Police in Faribault, Minnesota are investigating after the bodies of a man and a young child, who is believed to be a girl, were found inside of a home, according to the Faribault Daily News.
At around 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 11, police officials responded to a home on the 2500 block of Hulett Avenue after receiving a call from a neighbor, who claimed to have seen a man lying in the entryway after looking through the window.
Upon arrival, Police Chief Andy Bohlen stated that the man was still lying on the floor of the resident, which prompted authorities to force their way into the home.
Once inside, paramedics checked for a pulse but pronounced the man dead at the scene. A child, who couldn’t be seen from the window but was in proximity of the adult male, was also found dead.
The gender and age of the child have not been confirmed but social media users who lived in the area says that the child found dead is a young girl.
Police say a firearm was located at the scene, but have not stated if the man and child died from a gunshot wound. Their bodies were transported to a local medical examiner’s office for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
Bohlen stated that it is “too early into the investigation” to determine what led up to the deaths and “we’re not going to rule out anything yet.”
It was reported that law enforcement has been in contact with the owner of the Faribault home, where the man and child were found dead, but further details have not been released.
Bohlen stated that “police don’t have a reason to believe the public is in any danger as we’re fairly confident with the scene that we’ve been involved with that there is no risk to the public.”
Media release regarding today's incident: pic.twitter.com/EZJCLxbvgZ— Faribault Police (@FaribaultPolice) December 11, 2016
“The residence was locked up and it appears to be that it was contained inside the home.”
Neighbors Cody Finnegan and Jon Roehrick were just down the street from the home where the bodies were found, saying they recall several police cruisers surrounding the home.
“It’s crazy to think it could happen in this neighborhood, with all the good people around,” said Finnegan.
Roehrick added, “It’s pretty quiet, never really any problems here.”
Man, child found dead in Faribault, Minnesota home. Gun also found at scene. https://t.co/0hXEkdeu5A— FOX 9 (@MyFOX9) December 11, 2016
As of 6:30 p.m., law enforcement officers are still blocking Hulett Avenue while they conduct an investigation and interview neighbors.
Bohlen said, “I have every confidence that our officers, working with the other agencies, will quickly determine what led to today’s tragic events.”
Several residents in the neighborhood who knew the man and child in the home have not released their names either but have turned to social media to send their prayers and condolences.
Some Faribault residents are asking for the media to take the stories down as “there is no threat to public safety.”
In a Facebook post, Rich Krannich posted, “Please, I beg of everyone to give the family space and privacy. My family started going through a situation like this last week out of state and my parents were bombarded by media requests. I had to turn away a reporter from KSTP when they showed up at my parent’s doorstep uninvited and unannounced. Sending prayers to the family.”
Brandon Crooks disagrees with taking the articles down, replying with, “In defense, if they wouldn’t have posted something, I never would have known that I have video tape of that road and possibly that house at 1:30 in the morning. It may or may not show anything but if they never would have said anything who knows, and they haven’t named anybody.”
Circumstances leading up to the man and child’s death have not been determined but it is not immediately clear if law enforcement will make that information available to the public.
An investigation is ongoing.
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