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     September 24, 2018      #81-267 PB1
Homicide victim Brandon Matthew Arndt, 38, with his dog Yaggy.

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Police announce reward for information in murder

By Emily Cutts

The Rochester Police Department has announced a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in an unsolved murder case.

Brandon Arndt, 38, of Rochester, was fatally shot after answering his door at 4 a.m. Sept. 10.

Rochester Police Capt. John Sherwin announced the reward program on Monday afternoon, saying that the department also continues to investigate the murder.

"Help us bring this killer to justice," Sherwin said.

The murder occurred at the rear door of the manufactured home where Arndt lived at Bob's Trailer Court, 1915 Marion Road SE, lot 14.

Police said Monday they have no known witnesses except for the caller, a woman who was in a bedroom at the home at the time of the incident. The woman reported hearing someone knock and then a loud bang. She found Arndt on the floor near the door and called 911.

Rochester Police, the Rochester Fire Department and Gold Cross paramedics responded to the scene and rendered medical aid, but Arndt was declared dead at the scene. He was shot in the head.

Neighbors in the trailer court and RV park, who declined to be identified, said they believe Arndt was targeted.

Police executed a search warrant at the home. The Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s office also responded to the scene. An autopsy is expected to be conducted Tuesday, according to Rochester Police Capt. John Sherwin.

The death was the fifth homicide in Rochester this year.

Police ask anyone with information on the incident contact them at 507-328-6800 or at 1-800-222-TIP.

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Rochester Police Capt. John Sherwin gives an update on the homicide of Brandon Matthew Arndt, 38, during a press conference Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, at the Government Center in downtown Rochester. Arndt was killed on Sept. 10.

Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com
Emily Cutts