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Shooting Leaves Three Dead in Breezy Point in Apparent Murder Suicide

Web posted September 12, 2023
The bodies of three individuals were found dead in a residence in Breezy Point on Tuesday, September 5th. According to a press release from Don Ryan, Crow Wing County Attorney states that it is believed to be a murder suicide.

The press release states that approximately 8:47 p.m. on Monday Breezy Point Police Officer Kiel Rustad was dispatched to 8094 Whitebirch Drive Unit 855 in Breezy Point.Dispatch advised that the  caller had looked through the window and could see two people on the floor and that blood was visible.

Officer Rustad arrived a few minutes before 9:00 p.m. and upon inspection, Rustad found the unit to be locked. Looking through the window he could see people down in the residence. Rustad broke a window adjacent to the front entry door of the residence, reached inside and opened the locked door. Once inside, officers encountered three people deceased with apparent gunshot wounds.

The press release confirmed the deceased as Melanie Michele Jansen, 54 years old, of Maple Grove, MN; Hannah Nicole Parmenter (Jansen), 29 years old, of Elk River, MN; and Michael Charles Toner, 56 years old, Maple Grove, MN.

Breezy Point Sergeant Josef Garcia was notified and responded to the scene. Upon arriving, Sergeant Garcia met with Officer Rustad and received a summary of actions and findings to that point.

Officer Rustad detailed the caller, Austin Jansen and his wife, Veronica Jansen, had arrived at the unit to visit with his mother Jansen, and sister Parmenter, who had been renting the unit since Friday, September 1st.

Upon his arrival, he was unable to make contact with the parties. When his knocks at the door went unanswered, Jansen looked through the windows and saw a male and a female on the floor with blood around them, then called 911.

On September 6th, Sergeant Garcia an Investigator Kris Brose witnessed the autopsies of all three decedents at the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office. It was noted Jansen had suffered and died from multiple gunshot wounds, with the manner determined to be homicide.

Parmenter was also noted to have suffered and died from multiple gunshot wounds, with the manner determined to be homicide. Toner was noted to have suffered one gunshot to the head with the suspected entrance being on the right side of his head. The preliminary cause of death was a gunshot wound, with the manner determined to be suicide. Toner was the significant other of Jansen.

The release concluded by stating that based on the observation of the scene, the evidence gathered, and information acquired from the investigation to date, it appears Toner shot and killed both mother and daughter, then committed suicide by shooting himself. The investigation remains ongoing but there is no evidence of any threat to the public.

Assisting in the investigation are the Minnesota BCA and Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office.

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