BREWSTER, Minn. - A dreary, gray day provided the backdrop for a shocking sight in the small town of Brewster, as the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension began their investigation of the death of a 40-year-old Brewster woman who was shot in her home early Wednesday.
Although unable to be confirmed by law enforcement officials pending a medical examiner’s identification, the woman known to live at the residence where the shooting took place is Jan Pigman-Kruse. A death notice for Pigman-Kruse was received by the Worthington Daily Globe.
According to the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office incident report distributed to media Wednesday morning, a dispatcher received a 911 call at 2:47 a.m. from 652 Second Avenue in Brewster. “Reports someone came into the home and shot his wife,” the report said.
The NCSO, Brewster Fire and Rescue and Worthington Ambulance responded to the scene.
A press release issued by Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening stated the department discovered a deceased 40-year-old female in the home, a victim of a gunshot. A subsequent release issued Wednesday afternoon stated that two other individuals in the home at the time of the incident were unharmed.
According to a copy of the Nobles County Dispatch call on the website mnpoliceclips.com that was linked by a third party to the Daily Globe Facebook page, the victim’s husband said he was unable to identify who had shot his wife.
A segment of the clip from mnpoliceclips.com is as follows:
Officer: “Does he know who the suspect is and if they’re still on scene?”
Dispatcher: “Reporter said that he does not know who did it. He woke up. His wife was shot. Back door was open.”
Officer: “10-4. Where’s the wife at now?”
Dispatcher:“Reporter’s stating that she is in the bed. Reporter says that she was shot in the chest. He’s stating that there is no weapon but there is an empty shotgun shell.”
Officer: “10-4. Did he say if he came home and found this or how did this all happen?”
Dispatcher: “Reporter says they were both sleeping. He heard a bang and that is when he found her.”
The investigation is ongoing, and the name of the victim has not been released. The body will be sent to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner for an autopsy and formal identification. Wilkening added in the release that there does not appear to be a threat to public safety.
In the close-knit community of Brewster, neighbors watched from their homes as members of the NCSO and BCA continued their investigation.
Neighbor Earl Slocum said after he had gone outside to check his rain gauge, his wife pointed out the crime scene tape surrounding their neighbor’s home.
“We were so surprised,” Slocum said. “... All I can say is they (the victim and family) are very nice people. ... We say ‘Hi’ to one another. It’s sad. … She’s so young.”
Another neighbor, Don Nelson, also spoke favorably of the deceased.
“She was real nice. She was a hard worker,” Nelson recalled.