Two found dead at Faribault Chamber of Commerce

Updated: 6:12 p.m.
 
The two persons found dead inside of the Faribault Chamber of Commerce have been identified as Richard Larson 61, and Barbara Larson, 59, both of Faribault. 
 
According to a press release from the Faribault  Police Department, the initial investigation indicates that Richard Larson shot and killed Barbara Larson before killing himself.
 
Barbara was employed at the Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce. Richard Larson retired from the Faribault Police Department in 2008. The two were divorced in 2014.
 
The report also stated that officers were aware of a harassment restraining order served on Richard earlier this week.
 
“Being such a small community, Faribault PD has worked with both in the past. Our collective hearts are broken after responding to such a tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with all families involved,” commented Chief Any Bohlen.
 
Original story posted at 5:57 p.m.
 
Two people were found dead on Friday, Dec. 23, inside the Faribault Chamber of Commerce.
 
According to a press release from the Faribault Police Department, officers responded to the Chamber of Commerce at 530 Wilson Ave. at approximately 12:15 p.m. when a citizen reported seeing two people inside of the building.
 
Upon arriving, officers discovered the deceased bodies of an adult male and adult female behind a desk. No other Chamber employees were present or injured, according to the report. 
 
Officers also report that a firearm was at the scene.
 
The identities of the two people are being withheld pending notification of family members.
 
The report also stated that there is no risk to the general public and the incident appears to be a murder-suicide.
 
 
 
Further information will be released as it become available. The Faribault Police Department is being assisted by the Rice County Sheriff’s Department and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.