Weather Forecast


Alexandria man shot by deputy after robbery in Morris

An Alexandria man who was shot by a Swift County deputy sheriff has been charged with one felony count of aggravated robbery after pretending to have a gun and taking $295 from a bar in Morris.

After the robbery, Brent Allen Anderson, 55, was stopped by officers with the Swift County Sheriff’s Office and the Appleton Police Department, and was shot twice during the stop.

Just after midnight on Saturday, February 22, an employee of the Met Lounge in Morris reported an armed robbery to the Morris Police Department.

According to the complaint, Anderson had been at the bar that evening, exhibiting behavior the employee considered “creepy.” Over the course of the evening, Anderson came in and out of the bar, asked for “the cheapest beer the bar had” and attempted to pay in change from his sleeve.

When he returned for the final time, Anderson confronted the employee while she was working at the bar by leaning in and telling her that he had a gun, according to the complaint. Anderson told the employee to open the cash register or he would harm her, the complaint states.

The employee opened the register, then ran into the back room where she called 911.

Video from the bar shows Anderson waiting by the cash register, sticking his hand under his sweatshirt to make it look like he had a weapon and speaking to the employee before reaching into the cash drawer to take the money, the complaint states.

A witness in the bar followed Anderson out of the building after the robbery and saw him get into a pickup truck. The suspect and vehicle information was then broadcast to surrounding counties.

Shortly before 1 a.m., officers with the Swift County Sheriff’s Office and the Appleton Police Department stopped a vehicle matching the description of Anderson’s vehicle, according to a release from the sheriff’s office.

During the stop, Anderson was shot twice by a Swift County deputy sheriff. Anderson was alone in the vehicle and the only person injured, the release said. He was taken to St. Cloud Hospital.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is handling the investigation of the shooting.

Kim Ukura

Kim Ukura began working at the Farmington/Rosemount Independent Town Pages in August of 2016. Previously, she served as the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune for five years. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2008 with degrees in English and journalism. She earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2010. Prior to returning to Morris to work at the Sun Tribune, she worked in trade publishing. She has been recognized by the Minnesota Newspaper Association for human interest, multimedia, business and public affairs reporting. 

(651) 460-6606