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Wadena police department recently hired Norman County deputy shot in the line of duty

The Norman County deputy shot during a traffic stop east of Perley Tuesday morning was recently hired as a Wadena patrol officer.

Next Tuesday was scheduled to be Nathan Warner's last day with the Norman County sheriff's department, where he had worked for the past six and a half months. He was slated to start working in Wadena on April 24. The city council approved Warner's hiring at its April 8 meeting. 

Norman County Sheriff Jeremy Thornton said Warner will remain with the department until the investigation concludes.

"I have not accepted his resignation at this time and he will continue as a Norman County deputy until further notice," Thornton said.

Wadena Police Chief Naomi Plautz said she's spoken with Warner and believes he still plans to take the position at the appropriate time.

"First and foremost we are very happy and relieved that he’s okay," Plautz said. "He sounds like he’s in good spirits and he’s going to have to heal for a few days. That’s to be expected."

Nineteen-year-old Steven Anthony Henderson of Fertile was charged Thursday in a Norman County Courthouse with faces four felony charges - first degree attempted murder of a peace officer, bringing stolen goods into the state and two counts of receiving stolen property - after he was accused in Tuesday’s shooting of a Warner, a Staples native.

From the court complaint, the truck that the Henderson and his brother William Henderson were driving was stolen.

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

Warner was shot once in the back and once in the chest, both times into his protective vest. He was treated at a Fargo hospital and released Tuesday.

Police recovered a .45 caliber handgun from the glove box of the stolen truck, documents said.

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.

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.

William Henderson was in custody 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.

No charges have yet been filed against William Henderson.

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.

The Forum News Service contributed to this report.