2 dead, sheriff’s deputy on leave after fatal shootings in Backus

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BACKUS — A Cass County Sheriff’s deputy is on paid administrative leave following an officer involved shooting Sunday, March 8, at a Backus residence.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call at 1:38 p.m. of an intruder at the residence in Backus. Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reported information from the residence was a shot was fired. Deputies responded to the area and were encountered on a residential street by an armed man. The armed man approached deputies with a firearm and was fatally shot by a deputy, Burch reported. Another man was located deceased inside the residence. Autopsies are scheduled with the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Burch declined to comment further on the shooting Monday morning, and said the investigation is ongoing.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office is being assisted by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Pine River Police Department, Pequot Lakes Police Department and the Minnesota State Patrol.

There is no threat to public safety at this time, Burch reported. The names of the officers involved will be released after initial interviews are completed.

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