PINE CITY, Minn. (WCCO) — A 16-year-old boy has been charged with shooting his stepfather in the head in Pine City.

David Doberstein has been charged with attempted second degree murder and two counts each of second-degree assault and assault with a dangerous weapon.

Police said they were called to the home around 4:49 a.m. in the 10000 block of Beroun Crossing Road on Wednesday morning.

They found 41-year-old Mark McKeller sitting in a chair and bleeding from his head.

At first they thought he had suffered a stroke and hit his head, so he was rushed to the hospital for stroke treatment. But as they began doing CAT scans, they found the bullet in his head behind his right eye.

Officers spoke to McKeller, who was conscious and talking, but he couldn’t remember what happened. McKeller’s wife was asleep and also didn’t know. She told police that her son, Doberstein, woke her up and told her he thought something was wrong with McKeller.

Doberstein, meanwhile, told police that he was trying to use a pistol to scare a dog so he could sneak out of the house.

Initially, he said the gun went off accidentally as he was leaving the home and said he would not want to hurt his dad.

But when police said there was no physical way it could have happened the way that he explained it, Doberstein admitted to officers that he and McKeller had not gotten along. He said they got in an argument a few weeks earlier and McKeller put his hands around Doberstein’s neck.

Doberstein admitted he got the gun from the gun safe and said he was going to kill himself or his stepfather. He told officers that he couldn’t kill himself so he went up to his stepfather, who was sleeping in the chair, put the gun behind his head, and fired.

He told police, “I snapped and didn’t know how to stop,” explaining that he needed help and he didn’t want to do it. He also told police he thought about killing himself, but was able to talk himself out of it.

Officers were able to get the gun from the house as evidence.

Doberstein was arrested and prosecutors will try to certify him as an adult. He is currently at the Regional Juvenile Detention Center.

McKeller had to have surgery and is listed in critical condition.

Comments (25)
  1. sue says:

    Wow, C Jensen! Hippies? Really? You blame everyone and everything other than those involved. Looks like you have some serious issues dear. Hope we don’t get news of the next shooting taking place in your family. Get some counseling dear.

    1. C Jensen says:

      @sue, clearly your ability to interpret simple statements has been clouded by something other than reality. I very clearly laid blame on only those involved. I just tossed the hippie comment in there because, well, I hate hippies.

      @Deep Thinker, I’m not discouraged at all. Thanks for your anonymous concern.

      1. Hippie says:

        That’s ok. we hate you too.

  2. Rockhead CJ says:

    You about as dumb there Jensen as a rock. maybe even dumber

  3. Deep Thinker says:

    @C. Jensen……don’t let these responses discourage you….I like the fact that I know that at least 1 person is dumber than me….thanks…

  4. frooeywitch says:

    Anyone even pause to consider that maybe the stepdad is more than just an innocent victim? There’s always 2 sides to every story. Kids aren’t always just plain bad. Sometimes the parent is abusive. Maybe the kid felt like he had no other option for getting out of a bad situation. PS sometimes I think these comment things are just magnets for ignorant fools to shoot their mouths off.

  5. Elizabeth Schulz says:

    Mark is a good guy and unless you know the facts shut up. He is no abuuer! It’s a sad day when these comment areas are filled with stupid comments instead of wishing the best for a family going through a very hard time all the way around. We may lose a good friend and co-worker, grow up people.

    1. Uncle Rico says:

      sAre you kidding me? These are the CCO message boards, where logic, rational, and wisdom triumph.

  6. Stephen Mckellar says:

    That is my father. No lie. Now we have had our differences, but I have never seen him be abusive. I don’t exactly get along with him, but he did not deserve this. Those of you trolling are just rude (Hey welcome to the internet trolls are everywhere!). For real though, you are just rude.

    1. Elizabeth Schulz says:

      Well put, I am so sorry for all that your family is going through, I wish you all the best. Please keep his friends at work updated, we are all very worried.

    2. Andi says:

      Well Stephen either WCCO misspelled your last name or you spelled your last name because they don’t match. McKeller vs. McKellar. I hope your stepbrother gets the help he obviously so desperately needs and I hope for a speedy full recovery for your father.

      1. Andi says:

        That should be “misspelled your last name”. I’m sure the trolls will crucify me for that!

        1. Stephen Mckellar says:

          They misspelled his last name. It is McKellar. From what i have heard from the family, my father has been somewhat responsive. He is still critical but he has given them a thumbs up and moved his right leg. Its still touch and go but we are hoping for the best.

          1. Elizabeth Schulz says:

            Thank you for the update we are all praying for him to recover and for the whole family. Please let him know his friends and co-workers are all wishing him a speedy recovery and our prayers are with him.

      2. Brandi says:

        WCCO spelt dad’s name wrong. Stephen is his son. not that i see how the spelling matters.

  7. Allison says:

    hippies make good parents dude so i’m not sure what you’re talking about. also this kid is 16, you don’t spank a 16 year old (thats creepy) you kick them out of the house

  8. Amigwyn says:

    Hmm, you sound bitter. Perhaps you’re bringing your own failings into this where it doesn’t belong. So many things wrong with your comment …

    1) Hippies? Really? The 60’s called and asked not to send you back.
    2) I don’t know how you “parent” your child, but I don’t think CHOKING a 16 year old is very good parenting (though I also don’t think shooting one in the head is good retaliation, either)!
    3) Gun safes do their job. Leaving the key where a 16 YEAR OLD can get it is pretty much the norm everywhere. MOST 16 year olds are old enough to have lessons on gun safety and be left alone, when a gun would be helpful to defend one’s self. I was actually very happy to hear that there was a GUN SAFE PRESENT!
    4) The father is a step-dad. He didn’t choose for the child to be brought into this world, the mother and his biological father did. Of course he did choose to marry a woman with a child but no one said he didn’t want the kid … the KID is the one that committed the crime against the STEP-FATHER!

    Did you even read the story???

    1. T. Paulette says:

      Agree and if you saw this kid’s facebook page and his profile pic it would really creep you out. This kid is seriously disturbed. I hope he gets help and the victim recovers. Sad case.

      1. Brandi says:

        I just want to point out “this kids” facebook profile pic is creepy. HOWEVER when it was taken, it was him and another 16 year old having fun messing around with face paint. it’s been up and down for awhile. Nobody thought anything of his picture until this tragedy happend. I am NOT making excuses just simply stating. Juding by his picture, all you are doing is juding a book by it’s cover so to speak. There was/is a completely different side of “this kid” that you don’t know. Because I’m guessing you don’t know him. Maybe you could have seen how he was with his neice/nephews. AGAIN. I AM NOT MAKING EXCUSES FOR HIM just simply stating “this kid” is just that. he is still just a KID. and UPDATE on condition…..mark is responding better now, and they are going to do some more “responsive tests” on him. Keep sending hopes and thoughts his way. for those of you that know him, you know how stubborn he is and that he’ll pull through this

        1. Elizabeth Schulz says:

          Thank you for the update Brandi I am so happy to hear he is responding more. We will keep him and the rest of your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  9. andrew says:

    I grew up with & graduated W/ Mark & he’s NOT abusive at all!! My prayers go out to Mark & all his family!!! Get well SOON BUDDY!!!!

  10. Brandi says:

    Elizabeth, he is breating mostly on his own now and the doctors are thrilled with his progress. There will be a caring bridge page for him….they are talking about taking the breating support off to see if he can talk and how he does. He came out of the coma it sounds like as well! but please check out the caring bridge website 🙂

    1. Elizabeth Schulz says:

      Thank you Brandi, I have checked it out and thank you so much for the updates. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your whole family. I will be checking the site daily hoping for the day it says he is coming home.

  11. Heidi says:

    I am hopeful that Mark will be back with all of you at home soon. I worked with him for many years and always felt he was a good man. Just ignore the trolls, they always come from under the rocks in these situations.

  12. Justine says:

    get well soon Mark I use to work with you and my brother bought a jeep from you this year also. I remember you you are a nice person. People who don’t know you should not shoot their mouth off. Get well soon.

    Brook Park, Mn. x co worker from Plastech.

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