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Bemidi man charged with burglary of shotgun; more charges to follow in Becker County

By Sarah Smith / Enterprise

A Bemidji man appeared in Hubbard County District Court Monday noon in connection with the start of a multi-county crime spree.

   Ty Justin Andree was charged with theft of a shotgun March 20. Two nights later he allegedly used that shotgun in numerous crimes in Becker County, for which charges are pending.

 Because of the chaos at the scene where a high-speed chase ended near Two Inlets Friday night, the Enterprise erroneously reported that Andree had fired at deputies chasing him.

County Attorney Don Dearstyne said Andree approached a Hubbard County deputy and a Becker County deputy in a threatening fashion, but did not fire the shotgun. Both deputies fired back.

 “Shots fired! Shots fired!” yelled the Hubbard County deputy just before 9 p.m. Friday night.

     He and other deputies were pursuing a stolen squad car from Becker County when the call came out on Becker County Road 44 west of Two Inlets.

     Details were sketchy. Chief Dep. Scott Parks, who was called to the scene, said it was under investigation and he could give no information out.

     He did say that none of the deputies involved were shot, but they havwe been placed on administrative leave. The chase, which sounded like it reached high speeds, lasted about a half hour.

    Andree was rushed to St. Joesph’s Area Health Services with what are believed to be an injury to the back of his head and a hand. It was not clear if those were injuries suffered during the gunfire or during his apprehension.

     Stop strips were used along the highway, but it is believed stolen car managed to evade them.

     Hubbard County deputies blocked the highway off and many vehicles lined up on the icy shoulder waiting to get through.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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