FARMINGTON, Minn. - A bull named "Red 43" got loose at the Dakota County Fair Wednesday evening.
The Dakota County Sheriff confirms the bull injured eight people, including a Cottage Grove woman who was airlifted by medical helicopter to Hennepin County Medical Center. There is no word her condition. The other people who were injured, including a child, suffered less severe injuries that were treated at the fairgrounds.
The Sheriff's Office says the bull broke loose from a penned in area around 8:45 p.m. The animal was part of a bull riding event at the Dakota County Fair.
Witness John Rouleau said he saw sheriff's deputies and police officers on horseback chasing the animal through a parking area and then onto the main fairgrounds.
"It was running through the parking lot, at that point it ended up charging at one of the officers who fired two shots, I believe, and the bull kept running."
Dakota County Deputy Matthew Regis shot the runaway bull twice at very close range with both shots striking the bull. Deputy Regis was injured but was treated and released from Ridges Hospital in Burnsville.
The bull continued into a crowd of people and was not killed but captured by rodeo staff. The bull was put down by the Gold Medal Cattle Company due to the bull's injuries and safety concerns.
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