A sense of panic trampled through the Dakota County Fairgrounds on Wednesday night when a event put on by a Princeton-based bull riding company turned tragic.
During a Bulls and Barrels event at the Dakota County Fair at approximately 8:24 p.m. a bull named “Red 43” broke through his pen and ran toward a crowd of fair attendees, injuring eight bystanders. One woman was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. She has been identified as Barbara Goggins of Cottage Grove.
One of the injured was Dakota County Deputy Matthew Regis, who fired two shots at the bull at close range in an attempt to stop “Red 43” before the deputy was trampled. Regis was later treated and released from Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville.
Paramedics on the scene tended to the other seven individuals.
After about 15 minutes, rodeo staff regained control of the bull.
“Given the large number of people attending the fair on Wednesday evening and the fact the bull ran into an area congested with fairgoers we are fortunate there were not many more injuries,” Sheriff Dave Bellows said in a press release.
The incident happened during an event by Rice Bull Riding Co., which hails from Princeton. The bull was owned by Gold Medal Cattle Company in Wisconsin.
Rice Bull Riding Co. has a 3:30 p.m. show Sunday in the horse arena at the Mille Lacs County Fair in Princeton.