BCA releases some names from Cass County officer involved shooting

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has named the two men who died Sunday in Backus.

According to a release, authorities responded to a 911 call on the 300 block of Pine Road in Backus shortly after 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

The caller reported that a neighbor had entered their house and was armed.

Deputies from the Cass County Sheriff’s Office as well as an officer from Pine River Police responded and encountered 57-year-old Keith Haux of Backus, walking down the road with a firearm.

Multiple commands were given to Haux and one Cass County deputy fired several shots.

Officers responded to the address of the 911 call and found 72-year-old Maynard Anderson, who had apparently been shot to death by Haux.

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office reports that both Anderson and Haux died of multiple gunshot wounds.

The name of the deputy involved will be released following initial interviews, the BCA says, and two deputies remain on standard administrative leave.

The BCA has body camera and squad video footage which captured the incident.


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 is also an active member with the Bemidji Jaycees, a leadership development through community service organization for adults 18 to 40. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her growing family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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