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Fargo couple involved in shootout tied to burglary at veterinary clinic

ALEXANDRIA - Authorities believe the Fargo couple involved in a shootout with a Douglas County sheriff's deputy Feb. 24 were also responsible for a burglary at the Douglas County Animal Hospital hours before the shooting.

"We have enough evidence to show that Devin Blowers, 24, and Katie Christopherson, 29, were the persons responsible for the burglary and theft of items from the Douglas County Animal Hospital," Alexandria Police Chief Rick Wyffels said in a news release issued Friday. He added that investigators recovered items from the scene of the officer-involved shooting that were linked to the burglary.

"At this point, we have no reason to believe anyone was else was involved with the burglary," the chief said. "This case is closed."

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension determined that Blowers shot and killed Christopherson before killing himself after the deputy checked on their vehicle and Blowers shot him in the chest. The deputy was saved by wearing a bullet-proof vest.

Police responded to the animal hospital burglary around 8 a.m. Feb. 25. The burglar or burglars gained entry by force through a locked door. An undisclosed quantity of veterinary medication was reported missing.

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