Officers who fired at suspect during Oakdale standoff identified; man facing charges

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Oct. 14—Authorities have identified the law enforcement officers who shot at an Oakdale man after he allegedly fired at them during a standoff on Monday.

Washington County sheriff's deputy 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 news release issued Thursday by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

The officers fired at Codinack after he shot at them from an apartment window during an hours-long standoff across the street from Tartan High School, according to a criminal complaint against Codinack.

No one was injured in the exchange of gunfire, portions of which were captured on video, the BCA said. The standoff lead to temporary lockdowns at Tartan and a nearby Oakdale Elementary school for several hours.

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 evaluation, the criminal complaint said.

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 the BCA.

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

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