Crittenden, 57, was the first to enter the apartment. Dockery, 34, charged at the group, armed with a flaming, accelerant-soaked rag, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Crittenden pushed Terry and her daughter into a kitchen and closet area.
Dockery struck Crittenden in the head with the burning rag, perhaps a T-shirt, and burned Crittenden, said Tim O'Malley, BCA superintendent.
"Despite his burn, he immediately and continuously battled Dockery," O'Malley said Wednesday.
Authorities said that Crittenden fought Dockery with Olson's help, moving the struggle into the living room. The burning rag dropped to the floor, setting a rug ablaze. Space was tight, O'Malley said, and the trio scuffled with little room to maneuver.
Somehow, Dockery managed to grab the 40- caliber handgun from Crittenden's waist holster while the two engaged in a hand-to- hand struggle, O'Malley said. Dockery fired one shot into Crittenden's head at close- range, killing him. Dockery then turned the gun on Olson. The two exchanged gunfire at close-range. Authorities said a total of 14 shots were fired during the incident. Dockery was struck five times, including in his torso and leg.
One round squeezed by Dockery struck a magazine clip on Olson's belt, and fragments from an unidentified source struck Olson in her right forearm. Authorities don't know if the fragment was from the bullet Dockery fired, or a bullet in Olson's clip that exploded from the impact.
Maplewood police officer Lonn Bakke arrived, and he and Olson disarmed Dockery. From start to finish, the incident lasted between 30 seconds and a minute, O'Malley said.