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A Cottage Grove, Minn., woman is now in satisfactory condition after a bull escaped and trampled several people at the Bulls and Barrels rodeo event at the Dakota County Fairgrounds on Wednesday night.

"It was very surreal," witness Jason Jensen told FOX 9 News. "It was like getting thrown into the middle of a movie. You see a bull and a guy on a horse chasing behind him."

Jensen saw the bull running down the same aisle as his car while he was leaving with his young family by his side.

"I told my wife and girls, 'Get back there!'" he remembered. "Whether it's instinct or foolishness, I took a step towards it thinking 'I can at least distract it' or 'They are safe and I can take care of whatever.' It got maybe 20 feet from us, stopped on a dime and turned hard to our right."

The Jensen family watched several more close-calls, and a total of eight fairgoers were injured by the animal. Most were treated at the scene, but Barbara Goggins was flown from the scene and is currently recovering from head injuries at the Hennepin County Medical Center.

"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," Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows said.

Dakota County Sheriff's Deputy Matt Regis was the first to meet with the bull face-to-face after it nudged its way out of a penned area to the side of the performance grand stand.

"My partner said, 'He's coming for us,'" Regis said. "At that time, I had to decide what to do. The only option I had was to draw my service weapon and, for lack of a better word, go toe-to-toe with the bull."

Regis shot the bull, named Red 43, twice in the neck, but he told FOX 9 News he was still thrown into the air like a "rag doll" by the animal.

"At that point, it lifted its head up and threw me approximately 5-10 feet," Regis recalled. "The bull came over the top of me, I believe -- stepped on my ankle, stepped on my back, and then proceeded through the fairgrounds."

Regis, who stands at 6-foot-1 and 220 pounds, is a six-year veteran and is now resting at home.

Both shots hit the bull, but the animal was not deterred. Instead, it continued to run free for several minutes before rodeo staff lassoed it and put it back into a pen, Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows said.

The 3-year-ld, 2,000-pound bull survived the shooting, but it has since been taken to the slaughterhouse.

The event was sponsored by the Rice Bull Riding Company, of Princeton, Minn., and the bull was owned by Gold Medal Cattle Company, based in Wisconsin. 

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