More Information Coming Out In Pine County Shooting, Suicide

Friday, December 7th, 2012 at 6:47 am

On Thursday morning, we broke a story that people all around the state were talking about later in the day. In Pine County, a man apparently shot his ex-wife in the chest and then killed himself in front of Pine County Deputies who had responded to the first shooting.

More details are coming out in the case, including the names of those involved. 55-Year old Dawn Christen was shot in the chest and was left in serious condition at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth. Authorities say her ex-husband 55-year old Daniel Shilts shot her in the chest before fatally turning the gun on himself. Now we know that Christen had saught a restraining order against Shilts. That restraining order had not been processed, but the woman had also recently posted “No Trespassing” signs on her driveway apparently in hopes of keeping Shilts out.

When Deputies arriving at Christen’s home in rural Pine County on Wednesday evening, police found her barricaded in a bathroom with a gunshot wound to the chest. Her ex-husband, Shilts, had broken in a rear door before she had arrived home that night. According to authorities, Shilts then confronted Christen, shot her in the chest, and stayed in the house.

The woman sent a text message to a neighbor, who called authorities. For two hours police negotiated with Shilts in the living room before he pulled the trigger, taking his own life.

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