Nov. 7, 2016. That’s a date many will remember for a long time — the date someone shot and killed Terry Brisk, a father, husband, son, brother and friend, in cold blood on his family’s land while he was deer hunting.
Law enforcement has shared some of the details — but not all of them.
What we do know is that it wasn’t a stray bullet from another hunter’s gun that killed Terry — someone used his own gun to kill him at close range.
Law enforcement said it has no reason to believe it was a random incident, but that it was an intentional act of violence — in other words, murder.
We also know that it was not a suicide as some have speculated, probably because it’s easier to think that, than to consider someone could just shoot him in cold blood.
Sheriff Shawn Larsen said law enforcement continues to actively investigate the case — revisiting it weekly. It will remain a priority for the Sheriff’s Department, he said.
Some things people can guess at, but never really know, unless they have been through it — is the pain, fear, anxiety and frustration those closest to him must feel. We can’t know the empty space his life left, felt by his children as they make it through the milestones of their own lives, by his wife as anniversaries, birthdays, graduations pass by and for his parents as they remember not only the man he was, but the little boy they raised.
Someone knows something — and it’s time they come forth to help solve this horrendous crime. The only thing more cowardly than the act itself, is not coming forward with information about who may have committed it.
There is actually no reason to be a coward. Anyone who knows anything doesn’t have to call our Sheriff’s Department to offer a tip — Sheriff Larsen has reached out to Crime Stoppers to allow anyone with information to report it anonymously — no one will know they said a thing.
And that would be the right thing to do — come forward under the cover of anonymity and help law enforcement find the answers to the questions Terry’s family deserves.
Crime Stoppers can be contacted at the website www.CrimeStoppersMn.org; by calling the toll-free 1 (800) 222-8477 (TIPS); by installing the Submit a Tip APP on any Smartphone; or by sending a text message beginning with TIP674 to CRIMES (274637).