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Man shot woman, then himself after shots fired at deputy

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- Two people involved in a shootout with a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy before they were found dead near here on Monday were from Fargo.

Katie Ray Christopherson, 29, and Devin Blowers, 24, both died of gunshot wounds, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said in a release.

BCA investigators believe Blowers shot Christopherson, then himself.

According to the preliminary investigation, at 9:51 p.m. Monday, Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Dustin Alexander responded to the scene of a suspicious vehicle, just southeast of Alexandria. Alexander obtained identification from Christopherson and Blowers and briefly returned to his squad.

When Alexander returned to the vehicle a second time, Blowers shot the deputy in the chest, striking him in his a bullet-resistant vest. Alexander returned fire. The suspects drove off but became stuck in the snow about 50 to 60 yards away. Both then fled on foot.

About four hours later, law enforcement located Christopherson and Blowers dead near an outbuilding on the property. A handgun and a shotgun were located near the deceased.

Alexander was treated at Douglas County Hospital and released.

Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.