Suspect in home invasion shot, killed by Mille Lacs deputy

VINELAND--A 20-year-old man involved in an armed home invasion and assault late Thursday night in northern Mille Lacs County was shot and killed by a responding sheriff's deputy, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension reported Friday.

Justin Lee Mitchell

VINELAND-A 20-year-old man involved in an armed home invasion and assault late Thursday night in northern Mille Lacs County was shot and killed by a responding sheriff's deputy, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension reported Friday.

According to the preliminary investigation, at 10:50 p.m. Thursday four men broke into a home on the 17000 block of Ookweman Loop in Vineland with plans to carry out a robbery. Three of the men wore masks and one carried a sawed-off shotgun. There were more than a dozen people inside of the home at the time of the home invasion. The intruders assaulted several people and one intruder fired his weapon at least once. No one was injured by gunfire. Several people in the home fled into a back bedroom, barricaded the door and called 911.

As three deputies from the Mille Lacs County Sheriff's Office arrived at the scene, two of the four intruders were exiting the home. Both were taken into custody. One of the deputies entered the home and located a third intruder in a bedroom with a shotgun pointed at several people. When the intruder refused to drop the shotgun, the deputy fired his weapon, fatally striking the man. The two other deputies entered the home and arrested the fourth intruder without incident.

One of the people injured during the home invasion was treated at the scene by emergency medical technicians from Mille Lacs Health System in Onamia.

The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office has identified the deceased as Jamison Christopher Anderson, 20, Vineland. An autopsy is underway.


The deputy who fired his weapon is Deputy Daniel Mott. Mott has been with the Mille Lacs County Sheriff's Office for 14 years. He has been placed on standard administrative leave.

The three arrested suspects were booked into the Mille Lacs County Jail on assault, burglary and robbery charges:

• Gabriel Levi Chips, 21, Brainerd.

• Tommy Thomas Corrales, 31, Bayport.

• Justin Lee Mitchell, 34, Onamia.

When asked if the suspects and the people in the home knew each other, a spokesperson for the BCA declined to comment, only saying the case is under investigation.

There is no body-worn camera or other video of the incident.

The BCA, Mille Lacs County Sheriff's Office and the Mille Lacs Tribal Police Department are jointly investigating the home invasion and assaults.


The Mille Lacs Tribal Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol, Isle and Onamia police departments and the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office provided assistance at the scene. When the officer involved shooting investigation is complete, the BCA will turn its findings over to the Mille Lacs County Attorney's Office for review.

Criminal history background

The three suspects arrested have extensive criminal histories in Minnesota, according to court records.

Gabriel Levi Chips was charged Jan. 6, 2016 in Crow Wing County District Court for third-degree drug sale to people under 18 years old; third-degree charge of conspiring with/employing a person under 18 years old to sell drugs; two fifth-degree drug possession charges; and fifth-degree sale of marijuana mixture charge. He was sentenced to 145 days in county jail for the two counts of fifth-degree drug possession, and given credit for 108 days he already served. Chips also was placed on probation for 10 years.

Chips has two previous felony convictions, both for fifth-degree drug possession in Crow Wing County in 2014. He was also convicted of gross misdemeanor fifth-degree assault in 2013 in Crow Wing County, misdemeanor possession of synthetic cannabinoids in 2014 in Crow Wing County, two misdemeanor theft convictions in 2014 in Blue Earth and Crow Wing counties, misdemeanor fifth-degree assault in Crow Wing County and misdemeanor tampering with a motor vehicle/entering without an owner's permission in 2015 in Wabasha County. Several other convictions are on Chips' record for minor liquor consumption, possession of drug paraphernalia and traffic-related offenses.

Tommy Thomas Corrales was convicted on several previous felony charges. In 2007, he was convicted of two counts of felony first-degree burglary and three counts of felony domestic assault in Polk County District Court. In 2014, he was convicted of felony fifth-degree drug possession and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, also in Polk County. Corrales also was convicted of three misdemeanors in 2004 and 2006.

Justin Lee Mitchell was convicted of felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and felony domestic assault in 2010 in Mille Lacs County District Court. He also was convicted of three gross misdemeanors: theft in 2003, fifth-degree assault in 2007 and another in 2010; and two misdemeanors of fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct in 2007.


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