Officers won't be charged in Red Roof Inn hostage shooting - KMSP-TV

Officers won't be charged in Red Roof Inn hostage shooting

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WOODBURY, Minn. (KMSP) -

No charges will be filed in the deadly officer-involved shooting that left an unarmed hostage dead at a Woodbury motel last summer.

A Washington County Grand Jury decided not to indict the three Woodbury officers involved in the shooting of Mark Henderson.

Henderson was one of several people being held hostage inside a room at the Red Roof Inn in August. Henderson was shot by officers as he fled the room. He was unarmed, but officers said they thought he had a weapon.

Ballinger faces numerous charges.

According to the charges, Ballinger became frustrated about something while at a party and threatened to shoot everyone, ordering them to "empty out your pockets, give me your money and your cell phones!"

The call that brought police to the motel was made by a girl in the room who dialed 911 before putting her phone on the floor. The following three calls to 911 were from Ballinger himself, who called himself Lucifer.

Ballinger was jailed on $1 million bond after entering an automatic not guilty plea by remaining silent during his first court appearance. He has waived his right to a speedy trial.

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