Bayport man charged in Mille Lacs County home invasion

Tommy Thomas Corrales
Tommy Thomas Corrales

By Jeffrey Hage
ECM Publishers

A Bayport man is a suspect in a home invasion and robbery Thursday, Jan. 12, that resulted in a sheriff’s deputy shooting dead a robbery suspect.

Tommy Thomas Corrales, 31, of Bayport, was formally charged Jan. 18 in Mille Lacs County District Court with four counts of first-degree burglary. Each of the felony charges carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or a $35,000 fine if Corrales is convicted.

A 20-year-old resident of the Mille Lacs Reservation was shot and killed by a Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s deputy Jan. 12 during the home invasion on the reservation.

Jamison Anderson, of Vineland, one of four men who authorities say broke into a home in Vineland, was shot and killed by Mille Lacs County Deputy Dan Mott. Mott was put on administrative leave while the BCA investigates the incident.

Anderson allegedly had several people held up in a bedroom and pointed a shotgun at them, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

Deputies were called to 17640 Ookweman Loop at about 10:50 p.m. Jan. 12 on a report of break-in, according to dispatch reports from the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Office.

Anderson; Gabriel Levi Chips, 21, of Brainerd; Corrales; and Justin Lee Mitchell, 34, of Onamia, had plans to carry out a robbery, according to the BCA. Corrales was one of three suspects who reportedly wore masks during the burglary. Anderson carried a sawed-off shotgun, according to the BCA.

According to the BCA: The men entered the home, which was occupied by more than a dozen people.

A criminal complaint filed in Mille Lacs County District Court states the four burglary suspects targeted the home because a known drug dealer was supposed to be at the residence selling heroin. Taking money and drugs was the motivation for the home invasion, the complaint states.

Upon entering the home, the men assaulted several people and one of the men fired the sawed-off shotgun at least once. However, no one was injured by the gunfire. People in the home fled into a back bedroom, barricaded the door and called 911.

Three deputies arrived on scene as two of the four men were exiting the home, according to the BCA. Corrales was one of two suspects who were inside the home when deputies arrived, according to the criminal complaint.

Mott entered the home and located Anderson in a bedroom with a shotgun pointed at several people. Mott ordered Anderson to drop the gun. Anderson refused to drop the shotgun. Mott fired his weapon, fatally striking Anderson, according to the BCA.

The two other deputies entered the home and arrested Corrales without incident, the BCA says. Corrales, Mitchell and Chips were transported to the Mille Lacs County Jail.

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.