Deputy Involved in Use of Force Incident Identified

Deputy Involved in Use of Force Incident Identified Click to Enlarge Photo: KNSI News

(KNSI) - The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal apprehension is identifying the Morrison County deputy sheriff involved in a use-of-force incident last Wednesday.

Investigators say Deputy Bill Vanden Avond was one of several officers who responded to a domestic assault involving a knife at a residence in Genola on the afternoon of May 22nd. When police arrived at the home the suspect, 44 year old Robert Allen Anderson of Motley had disappeared.

He was found approximately six miles west of Genoa a short time later. His car was stuck in a field.

Following a brief standoff, the deputy fired a bean bag round at Anderson. The BCA has not said where on Anderson's Body he was hit, but they do say his injuries were serious enough for him to be taken by ambulance to St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.

He was then airlifted to St Cloud Hospital and airlifted again to Hennepin Healthcare in the Twin Cities where he is being treated for serious injuries.

The BCA's investigation is ongoing and they will present their findings to the Morrison County Attorney's Office for review and possible charges.

Deputy Vanden Avond has been in law enforcement for 11 years. He has been with the Morrison County Sheriff's Office for the past four.

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