Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Justin Thadeus Amick, age 41 of West St. Paul, was found guilty late today of one count each of Assault in the First Degree, Assault in the Second Degree and Ineligible Person in Possession of a Firearm (all felonies) in connection with shooting at a police officer in Inver Grove Heights on March 18, 2012. A Dakota County Jury deliberated for about 8 hours. Amick was acquitted of two counts each of Attempted Murder in the First Degree (Intent to Kill a Peace Officer) and Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, as well as one count each of Assault in the First Degree and Assault in the Second Degree on a second police officer.
Facts pertaining to this case are contained in the criminal complaint which can be found online at http://www.co.dakota.mn.us/LawJustice/CriminalComplaint/Pages/default.aspx. Prior news releases can be found at http://www.co.dakota.mn.us/LawJustice/AttorneyNewsReleases/Pages/default.aspx . While in custody, a mug shot can be viewed at http://www.co.dakota.mn.us/LawJustice/Jail/Pages/inmate-search.aspx.
Backstrom commented: “It is extremely fortunate that these officers and others in the area were not struck by this gunfire. We are pleased the jury held him accountable for his actions.”
Backstrom praised Assistant County Attorney Heather Pipenhagen, who prosecuted the case. Backstrom thanked the Inver Grove Heights police officers who responded and the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office who assisted in this case for their thorough investigation.
Judge Michael Mayer ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set the sentencing date for September 12, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. in Hastings. Amick remains in custody.
If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4440.