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Norman County deputy justified in shooting at suspect, review says

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ADA - A Norman County deputy shot during a traffic stop last month was justified in firing at the suspect, according to the Minnesota county attorney reviewing the case.

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Norman County Deputy Nathan Warner returned fire after being shot April 15 near Perley in northwest Minnesota.

Warner was shot in the back in his bullet-resistant vest, and another round struck his portable radio on the front of his vest. Warner returned fire but missed, the criminal complaint said.

β€œIt is my opinion Deputy Warner was justified in the use of deadly force under the facts and circumstances in this case,” Mahnomen County Attorney Darlene Rivera Spalla wrote in a letter to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

The suspect, Steven Henderson, 19, faces four felony counts, including first-degree attempted murder of a peace officer, bringing stolen goods into the state and two counts of receiving stolen property. He has pleaded not guilty.

Warner pulled over Henderson and his brother, William Henderson, 18, in a pickup with no license plates. After placing William Henderson, wanted on a warrant out of Pennington County, in the squad car, Warner was shot and returned fire, the complaint said. Steven Henderson drove off and was found two hours later.

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