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Report: Child Custody Fight May Have Played Role in Deadly Shooting

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A report in the Star Tribune says a custody fight with child welfare officials may have played a part in a shooting in Alexandria, MN Monday night that left a Fargo couple dead.

Devin Blowers and Katie Christopherson were found dead after an apparent murder-suicide. Investigators say it appears Blowers shot Christopherson and then killed himself.

In an interview with reporter Curt Brown, Jeff Blowers, who lives in Minot, said his son was upset because child welfare officials in Fargo wouldn't let the couple have custody of their newborn baby girl. 

Blowers said his son had a history of drug problems and child protection authorities wanted the couple to return to treatment before they would release the infant to their custody.

According to the preliminary investigation, just before 10:00 p.m. on February 24, Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy Dustin Alexander responded to the scene of a suspicious vehicle call in Hudson Township.

Blowers shot the deputy in the chest, striking him in his a bullet-resistant vest.  The couple then tried to drive off but their car became stuck in the snow. Both then ran away from the scene.

Law enforcement located the bodies of Christopherson and Blowers about 4 hours later near an outbuilding on the property. A handgun and a shotgun were found next to their bodies.

Deputy Alexander was treated at Douglas County Hospital and released. 

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