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Suspect in officer-involved shooting charged with aggravated robbery

MORRIS — An Alexandria man who was shot by a Swift County deputy sheriff has been charged with one felony count of aggravated robbery after pretending to have a gun and taking $295 from a bar in Morris, authorities said.

After the robbery, Brent Allen Anderson, 55, was stopped by officers with the Swift County Sheriff’s Office and Appleton Police Department and was shot twice during the stop.

Early Saturday, shortly after midnight, an employee of the Met Lounge in Morris reported an armed robbery to Morris police.  

According to the complaint, Anderson had been at the bar that evening, exhibiting behavior the employee considered “creepy.” Over the course of the evening, Anderson came in and out of the bar, asked for “the cheapest beer the bar had” and tried to pay in change from his sleeve.

When he returned for the final time, Anderson confronted the employee while she was working at the bar by leaning in and telling her that he had a gun, according to the complaint. Anderson told the employee to open the cash register or he would harm her, the complaint states.

The employee opened the register, then ran into the back room and called 911.

Video from the bar shows Anderson waiting by the cash register, sticking his hand under his sweatshirt to make it look like he had a weapon and speaking to the employee before reaching into the cash drawer to take the money, the complaint states.

A witness in the bar followed Anderson out of the building after the robbery and saw him get into a pickup truck. The suspect and vehicle information was then broadcast to surrounding counties.

Shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday, officers with the Swift County Sheriff’s Office and Appleton Police Department stopped a vehicle matching the description of Anderson’s vehicle, according to a release from the Sheriff’s Office.

During the stop, Anderson was shot twice by a Swift County deputy sheriff. Anderson was alone in the vehicle and the only person injured, the release said. He was taken to St. Cloud Hospital.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is handling the shooting investigation. The deputy has not been named.

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