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Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications
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Bruce Gordon  651-201-7171
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 13, 2021
Law enforcement are identified in Oakdale officer involved shooting incident

The BCA has identified the law enforcement personnel who discharged their weapons during an officer involved shooting incident that occurred during a standoff on Oct. 11 at an apartment complex in Oakdale. All are on standard administrative leave.

  • Woodbury Police Department Officer Robert Boleen has been in law enforcement for six years. Officer Boleen discharged less lethal ammunition.
  • Washington County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Randy Helms has been in law enforcement for 12 years. Deputy Helms discharged his firearm.
  • Woodbury Police Department Sergeant Omar Maklad has been in law enforcement for 18 years. Sgt. Maklad discharged his firearm.
  • Oakdale Police Department Officer Kevin Merkling has been in law enforcement for 17 years. Officer Merkling discharged his firearm.

No one was struck by gunfire.

In Washington County District Court today, Shawn Fairley Codinack, 32, of Oakdale was charged via complaint ​with three counts of first degree use of deadly force against a peace officer.

BCA crime scene personnel recovered three firearms at the scene. Portions of the incident were captured on body, squad and drone cameras.

The BCA investigation of the incident is ongoing. Once the investigation is complete, the BCA will provide its findings without recommendation to the Washington County Attorney’s Office for review.

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