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Intruder Kills Two Family Members and Wounds a Third

Two members of a Waseca family were killed and a third wounded by an intruder at their farmhouse Saturday morning. After responding to a 911 call reporting an intruder at 3:23 a.m., police found Tracy Kruger, 40, and his 13-year-old son, Alec, dead at their family farmhouse located 6 miles south of Waseca.

Hilary Kruger, 41-year-old wife and mother, was found wounded at the scene. She was listed to be in critical condition at North American Medical Center in Robbinsdale, where she was flown Saturday.

When Alec called 911 he informed the dispatcher that there was an intruder on the property. Shortly after, the dispatcher heard gunshots in the background and the line went dead, according to Waseca County Attorney Paul Dressler. It is believed that the family had been shot, though autopsies have yet to confirm this, Dressler said.

A younger son of the Krugers was spending the night at a friend’s house when the killings occurred and is now reported to be in a state of utter shock, a sheriff’s official said.

Investigators began questioning a man Saturday evening who was connected to a vehicle found at the Krugers’ farmhouse. The man is believed to be a stranger to the Kruger family, investigators said. He was linked to a pickup truck which was found in a ditch outside the farmhouse on 320th Avenue.

Authorities believe that the man stole the truck from one of the Krugers’ neighbors. The truck was found about 10 to 15 miles away in Byron Township in southern Waseca County. A sports-utility vehicle belonging to the Krugers was also found in the ditch.

The man was taken into custody for questioning in Byron Township Saturday morning. No information was given as to whether or not an arrest was made.