Grand Forks State Attourney says officers acted reasonably in May 27 shooting

Grand Forks State Attourney says officers acted reasonably in May 27 shooting Click to Enlarge

The actions of Grand Forks law enforcement officers during a May 27 shooting incident in which two people were killed “were objectively reasonable in light of the circumstances.”

That’s according to a legal opinion from Grand Forks State’s Attorney Haley Wamstad.

Her statement says officers fired their weapons at 41-year-old Salamah Pendleton in Pendleton’s Grand Forks apartment after Pendleton fired at officers on two separate occasions.

Wamstad said, “Pendleton posed a threat of serious physical harm or death to the officers and others” in the building.

Wamstad also said the “situation required officers to make split-second decisions about the amount of force necessary to bring the situation under control.”

She added, “The officers on scene were responsive, calm and used good judgment in their assessment of the situation and the use of force necessary.”

A criminal complaint alleges that Pendleton fired the fatal rounds from an assault rifle that struck 29-year-old Grand Forks Police Officer Cody Holte and a woman in the apartment, 61-year old Lola Moore.

Pendleton was wounded in the shooting. He is charged with two counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder, and one count each of criminal mischief, terrorizing, and reckless endangerment.

Pendleton’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 7.

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