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A woman from Minnesota is facing charges for purchasing guns that were reportedly used by the suspect in the killings of three first responders

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A woman from Minnesota has been accused of buying guns that her partner, who is not allowed to have firearms because he’s a felon, used to kill three first responders during a standoff last month, according to prosecutors.

Ashley Anne Dyrdahl, 35, allegedly bought at least five guns for her long-term partner, Shannon Gooden. During the incident at their home in Burnsville, Minnesota, on February 18, Gooden barricaded himself inside with their family and opened fire on first responders. Two police officers and a firefighter were killed, and another officer was injured. Gooden also died in the incident, but the children, aged 2 to 15, were safely evacuated.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension reported that Gooden had “several guns and a large amount of ammunition.”

“Law enforcement and the public have been asking how a violent felon got these firearms,” said US Attorney Andrew Luger at a news conference.

“Despite knowing Gooden’s felony status, Dyrdahl bought five firearms between September 2023 and January 2024 at Gooden’s request and knowingly gave them to him,” the prosecutor’s office said.

Dyrdahl faces charges of conspiracy, straw purchasing, and making false statements during firearm purchases.

She was due to appear in court on Thursday, but it’s unclear if she has a lawyer.

The three men killed in the incident were officers Paul Elmstrand and Matthew Ruge, both 27, and 40-year-old firefighter-paramedic Adam Finseth.

Burnsville Police Chief Tanya Schwartz described them as “heroes” who “made the ultimate sacrifice for this community.”

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