Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications
BCA Investigating Officer Involved Shooting in Backus
Ramsey County Medical Examiner Identifies Victim, Subject
UPDATE — March 12, 2020
The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has identified the Cass County Sheriff’s Office deputy who fired his weapon during a March 8 officer involved shooting incident in Backus. Deputy Mike Germain has been with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office for seven years. He is on standard administrative leave.
The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office on Tuesday identified the man shot by Deputy Germain as Keith Haux, 57, of Backus.
The BCA investigation into the officer involved shooting is ongoing. When the investigation is complete, the BCA will present its findings without recommendation to the Cass County Attorney’s Office for review.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (DPS-BCA) is conducting an investigation into an officer involved shooting incident in Backus, Minn. The Ramsey County Medical examiner on Tuesday identified both the victim and subject who died in this incident.
The victim was identified as Maynard Anderson, 72, of Backus, Minn. The subject was identified as Keith Haux, 57, of Backus, Minn. Both Anderson and Haux died because of multiple gunshot wounds according to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner.
Authorities responded to a 911 call in the 300 block of Point Road in Backus shortly after 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. The caller reported that a neighbor had entered their house and was armed. The caller fled to a safe location and reported hearing gunshots while hiding.
Deputies from the Cass County Sheriff’s office along with an officer from Pine River police responded and encountered Haux walking down the road in the area with a firearm. Multiple commands were given to the suspect and one Cass County Deputy fired several shots. A weapon was recovered from the scene.
Officers responded to the address of the 911 call and discovered Anderson, who had apparently been shot by Haux. Both the victim and subject were transported to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s office.
The name of the deputy involved will be released following initial interviews. Two deputies remain on standard administrative leave as the investigation continues.
The BCA collected body camera and squad video which captured the incident. This remains an active investigation and no more information is available at this time.
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