Man gets 20 years in shootings of 2 South St. Paul officers

SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A South St. Paul man was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in custody in connection with the 2018 shooting of two police officers.

Dustin Bilderback, 34, pleaded guilty in October to two counts of attempted first-degree murder. His sentence was the maximum allowed under state sentencing guidelines, Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said.

Prosecutors said that in July 2018, South St. Paul officers were called to a group home to conduct a welfare check on Bilderback, and they arrived to find him and his mental health case worker outside.

As officers were talking with Bilderback’s case worker to determine whether he needed to be placed on a 72-hour hold, he walked to his car with one officer and pulled out a shotgun. The officer ran for cover, but Bilderback shot the officer in the back, neck and arm. Bilderback continued walking toward officers and fired multiple times, hitting a second officer in the leg, prosecutors said.

Two officers returned fire, but missed. Officers told Bilderback to drop his gun, and he did after running out of ammunition.