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Bemidji man who stole cop car, aimed shotgun at officers charged with six felonies in Becker County

Charges have been filed in the case of the Bemidji man accused of stealing two bottles of wine from Lakes Corner Liquor Store, then leading police on a chase and stealing their squad car after threatening them with a shotgun.

According to Becker County Attorney Gretchen Thilmony, 23-year-old Ty Justin Andree will face six felonies and one misdemeanor.

Andree is charged with two counts of first-degree assault with use of deadly force on a peace officer (both of which hold a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $30,000 fine), two counts of second degree assault with a dangerous weapon (both of which hold a maximum sentence of seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine), one felony charge of theft of a motor vehicle (10 years, $20,000 maximum) and one felony charge of fleeing a peace officer in a vehicle (max of 5 years prison; $10,000 fine).

He also faces a misdemeanor charge of theft.

Andree made a court appearance in Hubbard County last week for burglary charges for allegedly stealing a shotgun that he later used to threaten Becker County and Hubbard County officers after they stopped him with spike strips during Friday’s chase.

After stealing two bottles of wine from Lakes Corner Liquor Store at the intersection of Highways 29 and 34 and taking police on a chase through rural Becker County, Andree got out of his stopped vehicle and began walking toward the officers with the shotgun.

According to the complaint filed in Becker County Court, Anree advanced toward both squad cars, holding the shotgun up near his chest.  Andree shouted, “I’m gonna point this gun at you and shoot you! I’m gonna take your car! Just shoot me!” 

Despite deputy commands to stop advancing and drop the weapon, Andree continued approaching the squads and repositioning his grip on the shotgun so that his hands were in a position to immediately discharge the weapon.

Officers then retreated to the back of the squad car to take cover, as Andree reportedly hopped in the Becker County sheriff’s squad car and took off with the radio, lights and siren on.

The deputies then reportedly shot at the departing squad car as Andree drove away, shooting out the back window.

Spike strips three miles down the road then disabled the squad car, where officers there reportedly got in a “hand-to-hand” confrontation with Andree before he was arrested.

According to the complaint, Andree gave a statement and told special agents that he got out of his car with the shotgun in a threatening manner in an effort to scare officers into shooting him and admitted to stealing the shotgun and the bottles of wine.

The burglary charge in Hubbard County holds a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

He is being held in the Hubbard County jail.