Bemidji Man Charged after 10-Mile Car Chase with Authorities

Updated: 03/25/2014 2:21 PM
Created: 03/25/2014 2:09 PM
By: Megan Stewart

A 23-year-old man who led officers in Hubbard and Becker counties on a 10-mile car chase that ended in an officer-involved shooting Friday night has been charged with first-degree burglary.

Authorities have charged Ty Justin Andree of Bemidji with the felony after Andree allegedly tried to flee from officers in a car that was connected to a robbery at a Detroit Lakes liquor store.

Andree drove from Becker County, where he was initially pulled over, to Hubbard County before he was stopped by spike strips in the road, authorities said. When his vehicle stopped because his tires blew out, he then got out and walked toward officers with a shotgun, authorities said.

Becker County deputy Dan May, who has 11 years of law enforcement experience, and Hubbard County Deputy Shane Plautz, who has 17 years of experience, hid behind squad cars as Andree approached them, authorities said. Andree was able to get into one of the cars and drove away with it. It was at this point the officers fired their weapons.

Andree was then stopped again by spike strips and taken into custody, authorities said.

The Becker County Sheriff's Office will determine any charges related to the pursuit and officer-involved shooting, authorities said.

Both of the officers remained on administrative leave as of Tuesday afternoon.

Photo: KSTP/File

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