The suspect involved in a shootout that injured two police officers in South St. Paul on Thursday has been identified by Dustin Allen Bilderback, 33, of South St. Paul.
According to the criminal complaint filed in Dakota County, the incident unfolded after Bilderback failed to show up for his appointment with staff at the supportive housing unit where he was staying. Staff reported him missing at 12:28 p.m., but he returned to the group home a short time later.
Officers responded to the housing unit to conduct a welfare check at 12:50 p.m. Bilderback was upset that staff had called police, so he told police he was going to smoke a cigarette outside. One officer followed him and had to run for cover when Bilderback reached into his car and pulled out a shotgun.
He immediately fired on the officer, striking him in the left side of his back, neck and arm. Police say Bilderback then walked towards another responding officer and shot him in the leg.
Both officers returned fire and missed, but Bilderback eventually complied with orders to drop the shotgun and he was placed under arrest. Bilderback fired the shotgun a total of six times.
South St. Paul Police Department announced that both injured officers were expected to be okay. They've been identified as officers Todd Waters and Derek Kruse, according to WCCO.
Bilderback has been charged with two counts first-degree attempted murder of a peace officer and two counts of second-degree attempted murder of a peace officer. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
Bilderback was on a provisional discharge from the St. Peter Security Hospital. He had been committed there as mentally ill and dangerous out of Anoka County, according to the complaint.