BCA releases name of deputy in officer involved shooting

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has identified the Cass County Sheriff’s deputy who fired his weapon during a March 8 officer involved shooting incident in Backus.

Deputy Mike Germain is currently on standard administrative leave, and has been with the Sheriff’s Office for seven years.

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man shot by Deputy Germain as 57-year-old Keith Haux of Backus.

The investigation is ongoing, and the BCA says they’ll present their findings to the Cass County Attorney’s Office without recommendations.

Law enforcement responded to a residence in Backus Sunday on report of an intruder call.

When they arrived, Haux was approaching deputies on a residential street, armed with a weapon.

After repeated orders from deputies, Haux was shot multiple times.

Deputies then responded to the residence, where they found the body of 72-year-old Maynard Anderson, who was also shot multiple times.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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