Officers firing on suspect during Oakdale standoff identified; man charged - Twin Cities | MCUTimes

Officers firing on suspect during Oakdale standoff identified; man charged – Twin Cities

Authorities have identified law enforcement officials who shot at an Oakdale man after he allegedly fired at them during a resistance on Monday.

Sheriff’s Deputy in Washington County, Randy Helms, Woodbury Police Sgt. Omar Maklad and Oakdale Police Officer Kevin Merkling fired their service weapons at 32-year-old Shawn Fairley Codinack, according to a press release issued Thursday by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Officers fired at Codinack after he shot at them from an apartment window during an hour-long stand-out across the street from Tartan High School, according to a criminal complaint against Codinack.

No one was injured in the exchange of shots, parts of which were captured on video, the BCA said.

Codinack, who now faces three charges of assault with a firearm against a peace officer, eventually surrendered to authorities and was taken to a hospital for a mental health assessment, according to the criminal complaint.

BCA agents searching Codinack’s apartment found three firearms and five knives along with a bow and arrows, according to the complaint.

Helms has worked in law enforcement for 12 years, Maklad for 18 years and Merkling for 17 years, according to BCA.

A fourth officer fired a less lethal weapon at Codinack during the incident, the BCA said.

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