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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

The officers who fired at the suspect during the Oakdale standoff have been identified; man facing charges

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.

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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.

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