Homicide

Minnesota police officer's son charged with killing his father, then his brother

  • This undated photo provided by Elk River, Minn., Police Department shows Officer Todd Besser. Charges are expected Tuesday, May 12, 2015, in the fatal shooting of the off-duty police officer and his 27-year-old son at a home in Wright County. Authorities say the Elk River officer had just gotten off work Saturday evening and went to the home in St. Michael where his three adult sons lived. A relative is being held in the shooting. (Elk River Police Department via AP)

    This undated photo provided by Elk River, Minn., Police Department shows Officer Todd Besser. Charges are expected Tuesday, May 12, 2015, in the fatal shooting of the off-duty police officer and his 27-year-old son at a home in Wright County. Authorities say the Elk River officer had just gotten off work Saturday evening and went to the home in St. Michael where his three adult sons lived. A relative is being held in the shooting. (Elk River Police Department via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This undated photo provided by Elk River, Minn., Police Department shows Officer Todd Besser.  Christopher Besser  the son of Todd Besser,  is charged with fatally shooting his father and brother.  Wright County Attorney Tom Kelly said that he plans call a grand jury to seek first-degree murder charges. Bail for Besser was set Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at $2 million with some conditions, including electronic home monitoring and $5 million without conditions. (Elk River Police Department via AP)

    FILE - This undated photo provided by Elk River, Minn., Police Department shows Officer Todd Besser. Christopher Besser the son of Todd Besser, is charged with fatally shooting his father and brother. Wright County Attorney Tom Kelly said that he plans call a grand jury to seek first-degree murder charges. Bail for Besser was set Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at $2 million with some conditions, including electronic home monitoring and $5 million without conditions. (Elk River Police Department via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • This May 10, 2015 photo provided by the Wright County, Minn., Jail shows Christopher Besser.  Besser, the son of an Elk River police officer,  is charged with fatally shooting his father and brother.  Wright County Attorney Tom Kelly said that he plans call a grand jury to seek first-degree murder charges. Bail for Besser was set Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at $2 million with some conditions, including electronic home monitoring and $5 million without conditions. (Wright County Jail via AP)

    This May 10, 2015 photo provided by the Wright County, Minn., Jail shows Christopher Besser. Besser, the son of an Elk River police officer, is charged with fatally shooting his father and brother. Wright County Attorney Tom Kelly said that he plans call a grand jury to seek first-degree murder charges. Bail for Besser was set Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at $2 million with some conditions, including electronic home monitoring and $5 million without conditions. (Wright County Jail via AP)  (The Associated Press)

The son of an Elk River police officer who is charged with fatally shooting his father and brother told a dispatcher he "just lost it" and killed the two, according to a criminal complaint filed in Wright County.

Christopher T. Besser, 21, of St. Michael, told authorities he was fed up with his father's expectations of him, the complaint said, without being specific.

Besser called 911 Saturday from a Kwik Trip in Monticello and told the dispatcher about the shooting, prosecutors said. Besser was arrested at the Kwik Trip less than an hour after Todd Besser, 49, and Blake Besser, 27, were killed at the St. Michael home.

Christopher Besser said he killed his brother, Blake, because he didn't want to leave a witness to his father's death, the complaint said.

Besser was charged with two counts of second-degree murder. Wright County Attorney Tom Kelly said that he plans call a grand jury to seek first-degree murder charges.

Bail for Besser was set Tuesday at $2 million with some conditions, including electronic home monitoring and $5 million without conditions. The county attorney's office could not immediately identify Besser's attorney.

Prosecutors said there was a confrontation between Besser and his father in the garage of the home and that Besser followed his father inside. Besser told investigators he snapped, grabbed a rifle and three rounds of ammunition from a gun cabinet and shot his father in the basement at close range, the complaint said. Then he went upstairs to the kitchen and shot his older brother, who was able to call 911 before he died, authorities said.

Todd Besser was a 16-year veteran of the Elk River Police Department and had served as a liaison officer in the city's public schools. He grew up in Hermantown, Minnesota.

A funeral service for Todd and Blake Besser will be held Sunday at Elk River High School.