State agents are investigating after an armed robbery suspect was fatally shot by a central Minnesota sheriff's deputy. The man was killed as he held a group of people at gunpoint, authorities say.
It happened late Thursday night in Vineland, an unincorporated community in Mille Lacs County.
Here's what happened, according to a statement from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA):
A little before 11 p.m. four men who had planned a robbery broke into a Vineland home that had more than a dozen people inside. One of the suspects carried a sawed-off shotgun.
Some of the people in the home were assaulted, invstigators say, and the shotgun was fired at least once but no one was shot. Some of the occupants barricaded the door to a bedroom and called 911.
Three sheriff's deputies arrived just as two of the suspects were leaving the house. They were taken into custody and deputy Daniel Mott went into the home. He found Jamison Christopher Anderson, 20, pointing the shotgun at a group of people.
Mott ordered Anderson to drop the shotgun. When Anderson did not, Mott fired.
A veteran deputy
After the shooting, the fourth suspect was arrested and one person was treated for injuries at the scene. The three men are jailed on suspicion of assault, burglary, and robbery.
The deputies were not wearing body cameras and the BCA says there is no video of what happened.
Mott, who has been a Mille Lacs County deputy for 14 years, was placed on administrative leave.
Vineland is near Onamia and is part of the Mille Lacs Ojibwe Reservation. Tribal police also responded to the incident but the BCA is handling the investigation of the shooting.
Anderson's death came less than 48 hours after Minnesota's first officer-involved shooting death of 2017. That case was in Austin, where an officer shot a man during a domestic disturbance.
The Washington Post’s fatal force database shows 963 people nationally were shot and killed by police in 2016, including 14 in Minnesota.