Police: Woman Found Dead At Shakopee Residence, Boyfriend Arrested

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Authorities say a 31-year-old Shakopee man was arrested Monday morning after his girlfriend was found dead at their residence.

Shakopee police responded to the 1400 block of Savanna Drive on a report that a man may have killed his wife. When officers arrived, they found a 34-year-old woman dead inside the residence.

Police say when they got to the home, the woman’s mother answered the door. She lived at the residence, and was not aware her daughter was upstairs in the home and dead. Authorities haven’t said anything about how the woman died, but said they don’t believe a gun was used in the incident.

sergey nikolaevich balandin Police: Woman Found Dead At Shakopee Residence, Boyfriend Arrested

Sergey Balandin (credit: Scott Co. Sheriff’s Office)

Police say a 31-year-old man was taken into custody a short time later near the Hampton Inn in Shakopee. Authorities received a tip from St. Paul police, and found the man hiding in bushes near the hotel. The man was taken to the hospital after officers had to shoot him with bean bags to subdue him.

Police later identified the man as Sergey Nikolaevich Balandin.

Authorities say they are not seeking other suspects in the incident. Authorities say the two were in a romantic relationship, but were not married. The two had a  previous verbal dispute at Mystic Lake Casino back in 2014 that led to a police call.

Authorities say they don’t believe the incident was a random act, and there is no threat to the general public. Shakopee police say the incident is under investigation and anyone with information should call police at (952) 233-9400.

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