Names Released in Duluth Officer-Involved Shooting

By KBJR News 1

August 30, 2011 Updated Aug 30, 2011 at 7:20 PM CDT

New details are emerging concerning the suspect in an armed Walgreen's robbery who was fatally shot by Duluth Police Sunday night.

According to police, Brian Butala was a desperate man who had nothing left to lose.

His criminal record is lengthy and full of domestic and substance abuse.

According to court records, Butala has had 17 criminal charges against him including four domestic assault charges.

His most recent charges were two weeks ago when he was charged with 13 different crimes all connected with domestic abuse.

Court records also show that Butala was freed from his most recent stint in jail after posting approximately 15,000–dollars in various bonds.

His most recent crimes appear to reveal his anger and desperation.

"He also said to the employee I have nothing left to lose anyway"
Said Police Chief Gordon Ramsey.

"And after displaying the handgun to the owner of the car...the suspect told the owner of the Infinity don't call the police or I'll come back and kill you"

Brian Butala's background also shows charges of driving while intoxicated, check forgery and providing a false name to police.

Authorities are now saying that Butala was armed with 2 handguns and fired three times...Sergeant Brad Wick, a 26 year member of the Duluth Police Department fired back 12 times killing him.

The women driving the car has been identified as 26–year–old Amy Sternal.

Police say the relationship between Sternal and Butala is unclear but neighbors told us the two have known each other for a few months.

Sternal has now been charged with Theft of a Motor Vehicle, Felony Receiving Stolen Property, Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle, and Aiding and Abetting an Offender to Avoid Arrest. More charges are possible.

The women wounded in the crossfire has also been identified.

23-year-old Jessica Roos was treated for a gunshot wound to the leg and released from the hospital.

She's now at home and her neighbors say she walked into the house on crutches. Authorities say the bullet that wounded her came from Butala.

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