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North Dakota Sergeant Fatally Shot Approaching Man in Van

July 09, 2011  | 

A Bismarck (N.D.) Police sergeant was shot while he and a second officer approached a suspect sitting in a vehicle outside a residence where he had allegedly threatened a woman with a knife.

The incident began when Sgt. Steven Kenner, 56, and a second officer responsed to a domestic disturbance call at 10:38 p.m. Friday in east Bismarck. When officers responded to the 2500 block of East Broadway Ave., the suspect had left.

The officers approached a suspect later identified as Stephen Bannister, 52. Bannister was sitting in a van, and officers identified themselves as police and asked him to show his hands. The suspect instead fired, hitting Sgt. Kenner. The second officer returned fire, hitting the suspect.

Sgt. Kenner later died at the hospital. Bannister is in fair condition. Sgt. Kenner is the first officer from the agency killed in the line of duty.

On Monday, Bannister was charged with Class AA felony murder and Class C felony terrorizing. The strictest sentence for Bannister would be life imprisonment. The death penalty was abolished in North Dakota in 1973.

Source: Bismarck Tribune


Comments (8)

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Frank @ 7/9/2011 1:24 PM

Is the suspect at least dead? Officers approaching a man supposed to be armed with a knife. Which one had his gun on this guy and returned fire?

Brittney @ 7/9/2011 4:40 PM

No, we couldn't be so lucky; the suspect is in stable custody at a Bismarck, ND hospital. But I know the courts don't take too well to cop killers. Justice will be served.

Morning Eagle @ 7/11/2011 8:56 PM

Justice cannot be fully served since there is no death penalty in N.D. It is not my intent to second guess the officer that returned fire hitting the shooter but perhaps it would have been good to make sure he was hit enough. But that is just my hard-nosed retired opinion because far too many scumbags are getting away with killing law enforcement officers these days. By getting away with it I mean they remain alive yet the officer is gone and his family and co-workers are left to mourn.

Tom Ret-LPD @ 7/12/2011 11:21 AM

Cop killers should be given the death penalty either at the scene or within a short time and I'm not talking 15 years on death row.

Joel @ 7/13/2011 6:00 AM

I'm in my second career in LE, retired once now working for the local Sheriff's Office. Every morning I read the articles about another fallen brother. We train harder, more often yet are loosing officers faster than ever before. My son is a Deputy and each day I pray for his safety and each time we speak we are training! I have to ask WHAT IS GOING ON? Why has the public lost respect for the badge and what do we need to do to get it back. Unite as one? Fight back? What can we do with less officers, less support and a President that calls a brother officer stupid? Please Pray For Us!

JJ Golliday @ 7/13/2011 7:40 AM

Amen Joel. From a 30 year LE veteran.

Saltman @ 7/13/2011 11:59 PM

Every day an officer puts the badge on, they know it may be their last. My deepest sympathy for this brave soul's family and friends. Steven we will always need you, watch over us and help us from heaven!

S.S @ 10/18/2012 7:16 AM

Hard lesson to be learned. I know there are some of us who whether its for one day, weeks, months, years or even for a few minutes, we should always have our vests on, on-duty. RIP Sgt. Kenner. Too bad the shitbag didn't die as well. Now its 3 hots and cot for this scumbag. Not to mention that he will be praised by the prison population for what he did. It's a damn shame.

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