Authorities have identified law enforcement officers who shot an Oakdale man after he allegedly opened fire on him during a standoff on Monday.
Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy Randy Helms, Woodbury Police Sgt. Omar McLeod and Oakdale Police Officer Kevin Merkling fired their service weapons at 32-year-old Sean Fairley Kodinac, according to a news release issued Thursday by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
According to a criminal complaint against Kodinac, officers opened fire at Kodinac after he opened fire at him from an apartment window during an hours-long standoff across the street from Tartan High School.
The BCA said no one was injured in the exchange of bullets, parts of which were captured on video.
The criminal complaint said Kodinac, who now faces three charges of assault with a gun against a peace officer, eventually surrendered to authorities and was taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation.
According to the complaint, BCA agents who searched Kodinac’s apartment found three firearms and five knives, along with a bow and arrow.
According to the BCA, Helms has worked in law enforcement for 12 years, McLeod for 18 years and Merkling for 17 years.
The BCA said a fourth officer fired a less lethal weapon at Kodinac during the incident.