No charges against cops in Woodbury motel death

6:15 PM, Jan 24, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - A Washington County grand jury has declined to indict the Woodbury police officers involved in last summer's fatal shooting at a motel.

Nineteen-year-old Mark Henderson was shot by police last August, after they responded to a hostage incident at the Red Roof Inn.

Authorities say Henderson and others were being held hostage by Demetrius Santrell Ballinger when Henderson tried to escape. Charges against Ballinger say he fired at Henderson when Henderson tried to leave. As officers on the ground heard a gunshot, they fired at Henderson, thinking he had a weapon.

Henderson was unarmed and died at the hospital.

The officers have been on paid administrative leave. It was unclear if they'd return to duty immediately.

The Ramsey County Attorney's Office announced results of the grand jury investigation Thursday.

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