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Update: Dashcam Not On When Norman County Deputy Shot

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Valley News Live contacted the Norman County Sheriff to obtain a copy of the dashcam video of this incident. In an e-mail received today, Sheriff Jeremy Thornton stated: "The video camera was not on during this incident. There is no video of the incident."


The suspect in an officer-involved shooting earlier this week made his first court appearance today. Steven Henderson, a 19-year-old from Fertile, Minnesota, appeared in Norman County Court Thursday morning.

Henderson is accused of shooting Norman County Sheriff's deputy Nathan Warner during a traffic stop on Tuesday morning.  Court documents say Henderson is being held on four felony charges including 1st degree attempted murder of a peace officer, receiving stolen property, and bringing stolen goods into state.  On Thursday morning, a judge set Henderson's bail at $1.5 million dollars.

Steven Henderson and his brother, William Henderson, were both arrested on Tuesday morning near Perley, Minnesota. William was taken into custody on outstanding warrants out of Pennington County.

Following that arrest, authorities say Steven Henderson shot Deputy Nathan Warner several times. The first shot hit Warner in the back, another hit Warner's radio on the front of his uniform. Henderson fled the scene and a two-hour manhunt followed. Authorities tracked Steven Henderson to an abandoned farmstead where he was taken into custody without incident.

Warner was wearing a bullet-proof vest at the time of the shooting and was treated and released from a Fargo hospital. He is expected to fully recover.


Investigators interviewed both of the Henderson brothers following the incident and their arrests. Steven Henderson said he and his brother, William, were traveling from Oklahoma. He says they stole the black pickup truck from either Nebraska or Kansas and found the hand gun in the glove box.

Henderson says he remembers talking with Deputy Warner and remembers his brother being put into the squad car, according to the criminal complaint. He goes on to say he doesn't remember shooting Warner and woke up in the wooded area with the hand gun laying next to him.

William Henderson tells investigators that he was traveling with his brother in a stolen vehicle and confirmed that he was arrested and placed in the back of Deputy Warner's police vehicle.

After he was placed in the back of the squad car, William says he saw Deputy Warner fall to the ground and heard gun shots. He tells investigators he saw his brother, Steven, shooting a hand gun at Deputy Warner and he believed both Steven and Deputy Warner fired their guns approximately 8 to 10 times.


The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has identified the suspect in an officer involved shooting that happened Tuesday morning in Norman County, Minnesota. Steven Anthony Henderson, 19, is being held in the Northwest Regional Corrections Center in Crookston. His last known address is Fertile, Minnesota.

Officers took Steven Henderson into custody without incident at approximately 10:30 a.m. at a vacant farmstead area along 150th Avenue in Mary Township in Norman County, which is about three miles north of where the shooting took place. The arrest followed a manhunt which involved more than 70 officers from more than a dozen law enforcement agencies.

"Obviously we knew he had a gun, so our deputies had their guns out, but he just came out and gave up. We're happy we were able to bring them both into custody in a very short period of time." Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist says.

Around 8:30 a.m., a Norman County Sheriff's Office deputy had been conducting a traffic stop at the intersection of County Road 39 & County Road 12. The deputy was in the process of taking Steven Henderson's brother, William Patrick Henderson, into custody on an outstanding warrant from Pennington County. That's when, Steven Henderson shot the deputy in the back.

The deputy returned fire, but did not hit Steven Henderson. Steven Henderson fled in the vehicle.  The deputy was shot in his bullet-resistant vest. He was taken by ambulance to Essentia Hospital in Fargo, North Dakota, where he was treated and released.

During the search for the suspect area schools were advised to be on lockdown.

"We were on lockdown for about two hours," says Norman County West Elementary Principal Mary Niklaus, "then they called back and said the suspect had been apprehended and we could remove our lockdown."

Niklaus says the students handled the situation just as another practice drill.

The deputy will be identified once his interview for the case is complete. He is on standard administrative leave.

William Henderson is being held in the Northwest Regional Corrections Center until he can be transferred to the Pennington County Jail.


Law enforcement has arrested a man suspected of shooting a Norman County Deputy during a traffic stop Tuesday morning.

Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist tells Valley News Live police and deputies were able to take the suspect into custody in a wooded area northeast of Perley, Minnesota, about 10:30 a.m.

Bergquist says it all started when two men in a black Dodge pickup were pulled over for a traffic stop around 8:30 a.m. at the intersection of County Road 39 & County Road 12.

One man had a warrant out for his arrest and was taken into custody. That man was sitting in the back of the sheriff's vehicle when the second man shot the deputy. The deputy was wearing a bullet resistant vest and returned fire, but the suspect fled in the vehicle.

About two hours later, shortly after 10:30 a.m., the black truck was spotted on an abandoned farmstead and a border patrol helicopter saw the suspect hiding in the woods.

Sheriff Bergquist says the suspect came out of the woods when directed, and was taken into custody without incident. The suspect has not yet been identified.

The injured deputy was taken to a Fargo hospital with non-life threatening injuries, authorities describe him as doing "okay."  Bergquist tells Valley News Live the injured deputy's last day with Norman County was supposed to be Thursday, he is moving to another jurisdiction.

Valley News Team's Kristi Larson will have a live update to this story coming up on Valley News Live at noon on KX4. Stay tuned to Valley News Live and ValleyNewsLive.com for updates.

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