Estranged Husband, Wife Found Dead After Murder-Suicide

PARK RAPIDS, Minn. (WCCO) — Police say a murder-suicide claimed the lives of a husband and wife from northern Minnesota.

Police said they received a 911 call from the wife, Dawn Anderson, from her home in Park Rapids Tuesday night before the phone went dead. When officers arrived, they discovered she’d been shot on her front deck. They also found the body of her estranged husband, Gregory Anderson, nearby.

The couple’s 20-year-old son told police his father came into the house and told him to get out or he’d be hurt. He said his mother locked herself in a bedroom, but Gregory Anderson broke down the door and chased her downstairs with a hunting rifle, according to police.

The son told police he ran out of the house, heard his mother scream, turned back and saw her being shot. Police say the father then turned the gun on himself.

According to the police chief, Gregory Anderson had been staying at a halfway house near Fargo for alcohol abuse. The mother also had a restraining order against him.

Police say Gregory Anderson had a prior conviction, which means he isn’t allowed to have a gun, though his family told police they have taken away his guns before.

  • bBad bad bad deal

    The poor son …. what a horrible thing to see. wow

    • EWR

      People need to know that Dawn and Greg had two sons. I know that the youngest one was there and saw this terrible tragedy take place. Both of the boys need to be thought about during this terrible time.

  • sad

    That poor kid!!

  • Lindsey

    That kid is going to be scared for life seeing something so tragic. I hope he has other family who will support him through these times.

  • M.M.F

    Why do you think “she” did something to set him off? He very well wasnt in his right mind in the first place! And even if she did something to set him off, no woman, man, or child deserves anything like that!

  • K.

    As you can see, just because you have a restraining order against someone doesn’t mean it’s going to be adhered to. How do you enforce it? And, just because you have a prior conviction and are not allowed to have a gun doesn’t mean you won’t be able to get a hold of one. There were a lot of holes in this tragic story and too many assumptions were made. It is very, very sad.

  • MP

    We will miss you Dawn. Thanks for taking such good care of my children :(

  • DAworker

    Allah is coming to town. IGNORANCE IS WHAT I CALL THAT COMMENT.
    I work in domestic abuse and blaming someone who was just killed…I think there is a special place for you. She took all the right steps to try and keep him away, sadly that is not enough. This poor woman lost her life because of a man who had a lot of issues. No one deserves to take anyones life from them. Even if they “do something to set him off”.

  • JJV

    Dawn took care of not only her own kids, but many other kids throughout the years at her daycare, including my son & niece. Obviously, they shouldn’t have let her husband out of the treatment center. I wonder what kind of drugs they might have had him on. Anti-depressants & some meds can make people very bizarre. RIP Dawn.

    • K

      Greg has been a troubled man for a long time. This still comes as a horrifying and shocking event to his family and friends. May God rest their dear souls and may he bring some comfort to their boys, family and friends.

  • JamieinMN

    That poor young man, I am so sorry he had to witness that. :-(

  • Joey

    I also would like to know if this guy was on meds. Issues + meds doesn’t result in rehabilitation. A pill doesn’t fix years worth of mental and physically draining issues. It’s the easy way to attempt a fix, but not close to a real fix.

    • JV

      Joey, I know that taking different meds without time to flush the old ones out can be very scary. I think we are saying the same thing. I have a personal friend that said he did not have good thoughts after Dr’s kept giving him different drugs. He basically had to go off everything and start fresh again (which is what his mother suggested in the first place).

  • PDB

    This is a sad situation. Dawn was my girlfriend’s cousin. My toughts and prayers go out to the families of this senseless violence and especially to Dawn’s two sons.

  • don

    domestic abusers when under restaining order should have to check in with police weekly and high risk offenders should wear gps ankle bracelets. We need to change these
    outdated restraining order laws. they are not working

    • Kristin

      I think this is a great idea Don! Many domestic abusers are as determined as pedophiles, so why not take any extra precautions available to law enforcement and corrections. Do you have any other good ideas to share, maybe someone who can instill these ideas is reading…

  • Keeping it real in Minnesota

    Knee jerk reactions have never amounted to any measurable change in this state…..if a convicted felon wants to kill his loved ones and himself….then he/she has lost all hope….and laws or bracelets won’t stop them…..there was probably some lack of attention to issues that led up to this horrifying event.

  • harry p.pickle

    sigh of the times,,,,,carefull of who you vote for,,,,,

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