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Published July 11, 2011, 02:37 PM

Man Faces Murder Charge in Death of Bismarck Officer

A 52-year-old man was charged with murder Monday in the shooting death of a Bismarck police officer who had responded to a domestic disturbance call.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A 52-year-old man was charged with murder Monday in the shooting death of a Bismarck police officer who had responded to a domestic disturbance call.

Sgt. Steven Kenner, 56, was the first Bismarck officer killed on the job and the first North Dakota officer to die while on duty since 1996.

Along with murder, Steven G. Bannister was charged with felony terrorizing, according to court documents.

Kenner and another officer responded about 11 p.m. Friday to a call about a man threatening a woman with a knife. Authorities say officers found Bannister sitting in a van outside a mobile home on the city's east side. As they approached the van, Bannister allegedly shot Kenner. The other officer returned fire, wounding Bannister.

Kenner, a 32-year-veteran of the police department with three children, was pronounced dead at a Bismarck hospital.

Burleigh County State's Attorney Richard Riha said Bannister remains hospitalized with wounds that aren't believed to be life-threatening. The prosecutor said a court hearing has not been set. He did not know whether Bannister had hired a lawyer.

Bismarck Mayor John Warford has ordered flags in the city to be flown at half-staff until after Kenner's funeral, which has not been set.

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