FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (Valley News Live) UPDATE: The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified two persons found deceased in a Fergus Falls apartment late last night.
Sarah Ruth Cheshire, 41, of 803 S. Woodland Drive in Fergus Falls, died of homicide due to a gunshot wound. Ryan Christopher Cheshire, 41, of 1447 Patterson Loop, apartment 103, in Fergus Falls, died of suicide due to a gunshot wound. The two were recently divorced.
Fergus Falls Police Department officers responded to a 911 call from friends of Sarah Cheshire about a person not breathing at Ryan Cheshire’s residence shortly after 11 p.m. on Wednesday, December 6. When officers arrived, they located both Sarah Cheshire and Ryan Cheshire deceased inside the residence.
The preliminary investigation indicates Ryan Cheshire shot Sarah Cheshire and then shot himself. The Fergus Falls Police Department is being assisted with its ongoing investigation by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
ORIGINAL STORY: State and local investigators are looking into the deaths of two people in Fergus Falls.
The police department says officers responded to a call of a person down and not breathing about 10 p.m. Wednesday. Neighbors say it happened at 1447 Patterson Loop.
When officers arrived to the address, they found two people dead. A google search of 1447 Patterson Loop links back to assistant Otter Tail County attorney, 41-year-old Ryan Cheshire and his ex-wife Sarah Cheshire.
Authorities have not provided any other details, but say the public is not at risk. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is assisting with the investigation.
"The police arrived really quickly and there was no ambulance, so I knew something really bad must have happened," says Neighbor, Daniel Budd.
Residents in Fergus Falls are picking up the pieces after two people were found dead overnight. It happened at 1447 Patterson Loop, in an apartment complex.
We spoke with one of the neighbors and this is what he saw.
"I heard this guy yell out 'call 911' and he sounded like he was in a panic. I heard a girl talking on the phone with a dispatcher, I saw someone struggling over the railing like they were in shock too," says Budd.
Budd and his mother, who both live down the hall say, they didn't hear any gunshots. They have lived in the building for around 4 months now.
"It’s always been peaceful here and very quiet," says Neighbor, Gwen Budd.
Budd says they never had much interaction with the victims. But the incident was still a shock to the neighbors and the community.