Forum staff reports, Published April 16 2014
19-year-old accused of shooting Norman County sheriff's deputy expected to be charged Thursday
Steven Anthony Henderson is expected to be charged today, said Norman County Attorney Jim Brue. Prosecutors have the option of charging Henderson with attempted murder of a peace officer. Henderson’s hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. at the county courthouse.
Henderson and his 18-year-old brother, William Henderson Patrick Henderson, were pulled over Tuesday morning east of Perley, a town about 23 miles north of Moorhead. William Henderson had an outstanding warrant from Pennington County, and the deputy was taking him into custody when Steven Henderson shot the deputy, who returned fire but missed, authorities said.
The deputy, who was wearing a bullet-resistant vest, was treated at a Fargo hospital and released the same day. His name has not been released.
Steven Henderson drove off after the shooting, but with the help of a helicopter, officers found him two hours later in woods near a vacant farmstead a few miles from the site of the traffic stop.
Henderson, who lived in Fertile, was being held without bail Wednesday at the Northwest Regional Corrections Center in Crookston.
He does not have a prior criminal record in Minnesota. In North Dakota, his only conviction was for possession of alcohol as a minor, filed in 2012 in Minot’s municipal court.
William Henderson was in custody Wednesday at the jail in Pennington County. His warrant there was for failing to appear for court on misdemeanor charges of theft, damage to property and using a driver’s license to give a false name to a police officer, Pennington County officials said.
William Henderson’s juvenile record in Minnesota shows Norman County charges of drug possession, criminal sexual conduct and introducing contraband to a jail in 2012. He does not have a criminal record in North Dakota.
Brue said he has not determined whether William Henderson will also face charges in Tuesday’s shooting.
Superintendent Brian Clarke of Fertile-Beltrami Public Schools said Steven Henderson attended high school there through his junior year, and William Henderson went to junior high school in the district. Clarke had no other information about the brothers.