June 22, 2021
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — The St. Cloud man who was killed while standing in his doorway Sunday in what police say was a random shooting has been identified as a longtime university professor.
Sixty-eight-year-old Ed Ward taught at St. Cloud State University for more than three decades.
University President Robbyn Wacker says Ward’s death is a “heart-wrenching and unexpected loss” and that Ward “has impacted countless students, faculty and staff throughout his tenure.”
St. Cloud police say 45-year-old Jason Beckman of Duluth (pictured) was arrested a short time after Ward was shot multiple times.
Beckman is in the Stearns County Jail awaiting charges.
It is believed it was was a random shooting. There were no known connections between Beckman and Ward.