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Man accused of shooting Norman County deputy faces four felony counts, including attempted murder

ADA, Minn. – A 19-year-old Fertile man faces four felony charges after he was accused in Tuesday’s shooting of a Norman County deputy during a traffic stop east of Perley.

Steven Anthony Henderson was charged Thursday in a Norman County courtroom with first-degree attempted murder of a peace officer, bringing stolen goods into the state and two counts of receiving stolen property. Henderson pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The pickup truck that Henderson and his brother, William Henderson, were driving was stolen, according to a criminal complaint.

The complaint also said the brothers had just driven from Oklahoma, and the truck was stolen in Nebraska or Kansas.

The injured deputy was identified as Nathan Warner, according to the complaint. Warner has been with the Norman County Sheriff’s Office for 6½ months and was about to leave for a job with the Wadena Police Department.

Warner, who was wearing a bullet-resistant vest, was shot once in the back and once in the chest, the complaint stated. He was treated at a Fargo hospital and released Tuesday.

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. Police recovered a .45 caliber handgun in the stolen truck, according to the complaint.

Steven Henderson did 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.

At today's hearing, his bail was set at $1 million cash with conditions, $1.5 million cash without conditions or $1.5 million through a bail bondsman, with conditions.

William Henderson was in custody at the jail in Pennington County. He had a warrant there 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.

No charges have yet been filed against William Henderson in connection with Tuesday's shooting.

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.

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