Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Dustin Allen Bilderback, age 33 of South St. Paul, was charged* today with two counts of Attempted Murder in the First Degree and two counts of Intential Attempted Murder in the Second Degree in connection with the shooting of two peace officers on July 19, 2018, in South St. Paul.
The allegations contained in the criminal complaint reflect the following:
On July 19, 2018, officers of the South St. Paul Police Department were dispatched to a supportive housing group home to conduct a welfare check on Bilderback. Upon reaching the group home, the officers encountered Bilderback and his mental health caseworker outside the residence. Officers spoke to Bilderback and then began conferring with his case worker to determine whether to place Bilderback on a 72-hour mental health hold. While talking with the case worker, Bilderback walked to his car parked in back of the group home. One of the responding officers followed him to ensure that Bilderback did not leave the group home until a decision had been made about the 72-hour hold. Upon reaching his car, Bilderback pulled out a shotgun from the back seat. Upon seeing the shotgun, the officer turned and ran to take cover. Bilderback shot the officer, striking the officer in the left side of the officer’s back, neck and arm. While Bilderback was shooting, a fourth officer arrived on scene. Bilderback continued to walk toward the officers and continued firing at them. He fired multiple shots strking a second officer in the leg. Bilderback fired his weapon a total of six times. Two of the officers returned fire, but did not hit Bilderback. The officers shouted commands to Bilderback to drop his weapon. He complied and was placed under arrest.
Additional facts pertaining to this case can be found in the criminal complaint, which is located online at: Criminal Complaint Search. While in custody, a mug shot can be viewed at: Inmate Search.
Backstrom commented: “I am extremely thankful that the officers were not killed or more seriously injured; and that there were no innocent bystanders who were shot. I wish to extend my best wishes to the officers as they recover from this terrifying experience. ”
Backstrom thanked the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office for their thorough investigation of this shooting incident. Backstrom also extended his appreciation to the responding South St. Paul officers, Inver Grove Heights Police Department, the West St. Paul Police Department and the numerous other law enforcement agencies that responded to assist.
Bilderback made his first appearance in court today and bail in the amount of $1,000,000 without conditions ($750,000 with conditions) was set by Dakota County District Court Judge Karen Asphaug. Bilderback’s next court appearance is set for July 26, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in Hastings.
If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4438.
*Criminal charges are not evidence of guilt. A defendant/suspect is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.