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Northwestern Minnesota man arrested in sheriff's deputy shooting

  • Article by: MARY LYNN SMITH
  • Star Tribune
  • April 15, 2014 - 9:20 PM

A 19-year-old northwestern Minnesota man was arrested Tuesday and accused of shooting a sheriff’s deputy in the back during a traffic stop.

Steven Anthony Henderson, whose last known address is Fertile, was being held in the Northwest Regional Corrections Center in Crookston after a two-hour manhunt involving more than 70 officers from a dozen law enforcement agencies, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

While making a traffic stop about 8:30 a.m., a Norman County sheriff’s deputy was taking Henderson’s brother, William Patrick Henderson, 18, into custody on a warrant from Pennington County. That’s when Steven Henderson reportedly shot the deputy, who was wearing a bullet-resistant vest, BCA officials said.

The deputy returned fire but missed Steven Henderson, who fled in the men’s vehicle, the BCA said. The deputy, who hasn’t been identified, was treated and released at Essentia Hospital in Fargo.

Authorities found Henderson about 10:30 a.m. at a vacant Mary Township farmstead, arresting him without incident, officials said. His brother also was being held in the Crookston jail until he’s transferred to the Pennington County Jail.

Mary Lynn Smith

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