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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 26, 2019
Becker County Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Update

​ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has identified the officers who fired their weapons during an officer involved shooting incident on Saturday, July 20, in rural Becker County. Both are on standard administrative leave.

  • Becker County Deputy Daran Borth fired his handgun and his Taser during the incident. Deputy Borth has been in law enforcement for seven years.
  • Becker County Sergeant Andrew Bachmann fired his Taser during the incident. Sergeant Bachmann has been in law enforcement for 13 years.

In addition, the BCA has identified the subject as Brian Gordon Hazelton, 44, of 12118 Co. Road 29, Burlington Township, Minn., just north of Frazee. The Becker County Attorney’s Office has charged Mr. Hazelton with first, second and fourth degree assault. He is expected to make his initial court appearance next week.

Mr. Hazelton was treated for gunshot injuries at Essentia Health in Detroit Lakes and then at Essentia Health in Fargo. He was released from the hospital earlier today and is being held at the Becker County Jail.

Sergeant Bachmann received non-life threatening injuries when struck by a thrown handgun. He was treated at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s in Detroit Lakes and released.

BCA crime scene personnel recovered two guns and a knife from near where Mr. Hazelton was shot.

The Becker County Sheriff’s Office released information about the incident on Sunday.

Neither a body camera (which was worn by an officer who was outside the home) nor squad cameras captured video of the shooting, which occurred inside the home. Squad cameras captured audio of the incident.

When the officer involved shooting investigation is complete, the BCA will turn over its findings without recommendation to the Otter Tail County Attorney’s Office for review.

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