July 20, 2018 06:19 AM
The man accused of shooting two police officers is expected to make his first court appearance Friday.
The suspect has been identified as Dustin Allen Bilderback of South St. Paul. He was booked into Dakota County Jail Thursday night and is being held on suspicion of attempted murder. Authorities said Bilderback could face additional charges, although he has not yet been formally charged.
Two officers involved in the incident were at home, recovering Friday morning. South St. Paul Police Chief William Messerich confirmed one officer had been struck in the shoulder and was released from the hospital Thursday. A second officer was struck near the leg, Messerich said.
Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie said one of the officers was an 11-year veteran. The other was a six-year veteran. The names of the officers have not yet been released.
According to authorities, the incident Thursday began with a call early that morning reporting a missing person had returned. Officers said the individual who placed the call sounded distraught. After the call ended abruptly, officers responded to the scene, identified as a group home for those dealing with mental health issues. Upon arrival, an altercation took place and Bilderback reportedly obtained a shotgun and began firing.
Messerich said officers returned fire, but Bilderback was not harmed. The gun was dropped and the suspect was taken into custody.
Authorities are currently working on determining why the suspect opened fire on officers. Leslie said he expects the information gathered at the scene and during interviews Thursday could be presented to the Dakota County Attorney's Office as soon as Friday.
Meanwhile, police said they've responded to the group residential home where the suspect lives 62 times already this year, and made 110 visits the year before.
Jonathan Rozelle & Rebecca Omastiak
Updated: July 20, 2018 06:19 AM
Created: July 20, 2018 05:26 AM
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