Two officers injured in South St. Paul shooting

Police chief says officers will be OK

Adam Carter
July 19, 2018 - 2:13 pm

Susie Jones / WCCO Radio

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A man who used a shotgun to wound two South St. Paul police officers is in court Friday to face charges that include attempted murder and use of deadly force against a peace officer.

"It just caught us off-guard," said Tricia Buckingham, who lives in the neighborhood.

"It was, like, a set of shots, a brief break, and then another set. I would say roughly between 7 to 10 shots."

One officer was shot in the shoulder and remains hospitalized. The other was shot in the leg.

Neither injury is considered life-threatening.

The incident happened at a group home for people with mental illness near 12th Avenue and Congress Street in South St. Paul.  

The officers had been called on a report of a missing person, who turned out to be the suspect, 33-year-old Dustin Allen Bilderback.  

The information came during a Thursday afternoon news conference, with South St, Paul police chief Bill Messerich visibly upset when recounting the details.

He left the press conference early to be with the one officer who is hospitalized.  

Both officers, who are not identified, returned fire without hitting the Bilderback, who dropped the rifle he was firing and was arrested.

He remains in the Dakota County jail.

Records show he was civilly committed for being mentally ill and dangerous.