An Armed First Responder Was Killed By A Minnesota Woman Accused Of Going On A “Illegal Buying Spree”

Federal authorities claimed on Thursday that a man killed three Minnesota first responders during a standoff at a home where seven children were present because of a woman’s “illegal buying spree” that provided him with powerful weaponry.

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According to court filings, Ashley Anne Dyrdahl purchased two semiautomatic pistols and three AR-style semiautomatic rifles, one of which had a mechanism that doubled the rate of fire. Furthermore, according to the indictment, investigators discovered “a stockpile of fully loaded magazines as well as boxes with hundreds of additional rounds of ammunition” in the bedroom that Dyrdahl and gunman Shannon Gooden shared.

U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger stated at a press conference that Ashley Anne Dyrdahl, 35, of Burnsville, planned with Gooden to provide him with guns unlawfully while knowing he was a convicted felon and could not lawfully possess them.

Luger, who called the lady Gooden’s “long-time live-in partner,” stated that the “illegal buying spree for Gooden demonstrates a reprehensible disregard for public safety and the law, and the consequences of this disregard for public safety are beyond comprehension.”

One conspiracy offence and five charges of making false statements while purchasing a firearm were the basis for Dyrdahl’s indictment. According to Luger, the maximum sentence for these accusations is 15 years in prison.

She was not under arrest, and prosecutors had not intended to request that she be placed in jail when she made her initial appearance in federal court on Thursday afternoon. Dyrdahl will be assigned a duty attorney for her initial appearance, according to lead federal defender for Minnesota Katherian Roe, but her agency is likely to hold off on choosing to represent her for subsequent proceedings until Friday. There is no longer a phone number associated with Dyrdahl. A man who was thought to be her father left a message.

During the standoff on February 18 in the Burnsville, Minnesota, suburb, police officers Paul Elmstrand and Matthew Ruge, both 27 years old, and firefighter-paramedic Adam Finseth, 40, lost their lives. Two weeks ago, thousands of law enforcement, firefighters, and paramedics attended their memorial ceremony. 38-year-old Sgt. Adam Medlicott escaped being shot while assisting the injured.

According to investigators, following protracted conversations, Gooden, 38, suddenly opened fire before taking his own life.

According to Luger, Dyrdahl purchased five firearms for Gooden from two authorized dealers, including the ones that killed the three first responders. AR-style rifles and Glock semiautomatic handguns were among the weapons. A “binary” trigger on one of the weapons doubled its rate of firing.

According to the indictment, between September and January, she allegedly went to gun stores on Gooden’s orders and purchased or picked up the exact firearms he requested, including the two AR-style rifles that were used in the shootings. According to the indictment, she allegedly signed documents purporting to swear that she had no intention of giving the guns to a felon.

Based on court documents, Gooden was barred from possessing firearms due to his 2007 felony assault conviction. Additionally, he was involved in a protracted legal battle with his three eldest children. The age range of the kids living there was 2 to 15 years old.

“We just gotta make sure we’re smart about all this ya know?” Dyrdahl reportedly warned Gooden in a text message regarding the unlawful purchases, according to the indictment.

She had asked him how he liked the new Glock 47 9mm semiautomatic pistol she had just bought him in September of last year during their second exchange.

“He responded by sending her a video in which he loaded the Glock 47 with an extended magazine,” Luger said. “She responded with a smiling heart emoji.”

Luger and others cited a letter Dyrdahl sent on Gooden’s behalf when he unsuccessfully petitioned a court to have his gun rights restored in 2020 as proof that she knew he could not lawfully own firearms. According to Dakota County Attorney Kathryn Keena, Gooden had expressed to her that family “is everything” and that he hoped to safeguard his house, but it was the kids who required protection.

“Ms. Dyrdahl is the reason why he had an arsenal of firearms in his possession that ultimately resulted in the murder of three of Dakota County’s finest, and the injury of another, as they selflessly acted to protect those children,” Keena said.

Many facts about the specifics of what happened and why are still unknown. Complete information regarding the case will be made public once the investigation is over, according to Drew Evans, superintendent of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which is in charge of the inquiry.

The bureau states that at approximately 1:50 a.m., police were called to Gooden’s residence. Gooden claimed to be unarmed and to have children inside, but he would not go. For over three and a half hours, officers tried to talk him into turning himself in. However, the bureau claimed that Gooden unexpectedly started shooting at the cops inside shortly before 5:30 a.m.

According to the agency, Elmstrand, Ruge, and Medlicott are thought to have been shot inside the house first. Gooden was wounded in the leg when Medlicott and another officer—who was unharmed—returned fire from inside the house.

The agency claims that while officers moved to an armoured vehicle in the driveway, Ruge and Medlicott were shot a second time. According to the report, Finseth, a member of the SWAT team, was shot while attempting to assist the officers. At a hospital, Elmstrand, Ruge, and Finseth were declared dead.

According to the FBI, Gooden was shot over a hundred times before taking his own life. A bureau agent’s court filing stated that there had been a “sexual assault allegation” at the time of the first 911 call, but it gave no further information.

Owner of a gun store in Burnsville, John McConkey, said reporters late last month that a portion of a gun discovered at the site was tracked back to his establishment and was purchased by a customer who cleared the background check and obtained ownership of the weapon on January 5. He claimed that he was informed by officials that Gooden was not there when the person who picked it up was being investigated for felony straw purchases. Four of the five firearms were allegedly purchased or picked up by Dyrdahl there, according to the indictment.

Noemi Torres, Gooden’s ex-girlfriend, said this week that she had provided testimony to a federal grand jury that was looking into the incident. On Wednesday, she told The Associated Press that she was questioned concerning her relationship with Gooden and if he had the ability to force her to purchase a gun for him. She added that because of their history of domestic abuse, “I was scared for my life” and would not have done so, she told the grand jury.

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