Victim killed by stray bullet in Willmar identified

This screenshot from a video posted to Duininck's Facebook page shows David Delfosse, 41, who was killed after a stray bullet hit him while he was working in the garage of his Willmar home Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Photo: Duininck via Facebook. This screenshot from a video posted to Duininck's Facebook page shows David Delfosse, 41, who was killed after a stray bullet hit him while he was working in the garage of his Willmar home Friday, Jan. 15, 2021.

KSTP
Updated: January 17, 2021 08:40 PM
Created: January 17, 2021 12:14 PM

The Willmar Police Department identified the victim killed by a stray bullet Friday night as David Delfosse, 41, of Willmar.

According to a news release, officers and medics responding to a medical emergency around 7:40 p.m. on the 1000 block of Fourth Street Southwest learned that Delfosse was working in his garage when family members saw him collapse suddenly. 

Police investigating after stray bullet kills man in Willmar

Delfosse was an employee of the construction company Duininck. Chris Duininck, the company's president released the following statement:

“We are shocked and deeply saddened by the recent news regarding a valued employee and friend. We mourn with the family as we face the reality of this tragedy together. Dave was a passionate leader who consistently looked for ways to improve himself and his co-workers. He was a leader in all areas of life and we grieve with his daughter, son and family. His passing creates a hole that will not be filled and we pray that the Holy Spirit will comfort all of us at this time.”

Delfosse had a "penetrating injury" to his chest and was rushed to a nearby hospital. Attempts to resuscitate were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead. 

Evidence at the scene shows a bullet pierced through a garage wall and struck Delfosse. Police say there is no indication that Delfosse was an intended target and there is no immediate danger to the public.


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