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Swift County deputy involved in shooting of Alexandria man is identified

By Forum News Service

BENSON, Minn. — The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has identified the Swift County deputy in an officer-involved shooting Feb. 22 in rural Swift County.

According to the Swift County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Patrick Hammerud has been with the department for more than five years.

The BCA will turn its findings over to the Swift County Attorney’s Office for review when its investigation is complete.

Around 1 a.m. that morning, Hammerud and the Appleton Police Department stopped a vehicle that matched the description of a vehicle believed to have been involved in an armed robbery of the Met Lounge in Morris.

During the stop, the suspect was shot twice by Hammerud. The suspect, Brent Allen Anderson, 55, of Alexandria, was taken to St. Cloud Hospital.

Anderson was charged with aggravated robbery in Stevens County.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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