Updated: Woodbury Red Roof Inn Shooting Detailed, Suspect, Deceased Identified

Details emerge as authorities identify those involved in the Friday, Aug. 31, incident.

Authorities have identified the man shot and killed by Woodbury police during Friday’s hostage standoff at the .

Mark Eric Henderson, 19, of St. Paul, died at Regions Hospital as a result of multiple gunshot wounds, according to a release from the .



He was not the man who fired the weapon, the release says.

The man suspected of firing a gun during the incident has been identified as Demetrius Santrell Ballinger, 24, of Maplewood.

When officers arrived, a man pointed a weapon at them and they backed away and called for assistance, the release says.

They heard a shot as the door to the motel room opened, and a man, later identified as Henderson, came out at them quickly, the preliminary investigation found.

Officers told Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agents they believed that Henderson had a weapon, and was not complying with officer commands, at which point they fired at him, the release says. No weapon was recovered from Henderson and the BCA investigation into the officer involved shooting is ongoing.

Ballinger then refused to come out of the room, and he did not let the seven others who were inside the room leave, according to the release.

The Washington County SWAT team arrived and negotiated Ballinger’s surrender early Friday morning.

He was booked at the Washington County Jail on suspicion of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, aggravated robbery and kidnapping. Ballinger is expected to be charged early next week.

The investigation is ongoing and involves the BCA, its crime scene team, the Woodbury Police Department and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

The three Woodbury Police Department officers who fired their weapons are all on standard paid administrative leave. They are officer Anthony Ofstead, an 11-year veteran with the department; officer Stacey Krech, who’s been with the department for five years and officer Natalie Martin, who’s been with the department for two years, according to the BCA.

Further information will be available at the time of charging, the release says.

Once the investigation is complete, the BCA and the Woodbury Police Department will present their findings to the Washington County Attorney’s Office.


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Michael M. September 02, 2012 at 04:54 AM
That is not what happened at all...I had a brother stay there and looked out the window as Mr. Henderson was trying to leave the room quickly to save his own life and for the cops to be there to help him...Shot him. There was no shot fired at the police. These were some trigger happy cops who screwed up and now need to come clean and pay the price.
Eric Berg September 02, 2012 at 12:13 PM
I urge your brother to come forward when a criminal/civil case comes forward and to testify, or to come forward now and make a statement to the media or to those investigating the crime and reviewing police actions. If he doesn't, I put him in the same list of people who claim to have seen Elvis piloting a UFO that picked up the Loch Ness Monster.
Dan September 02, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Trigger happy cops? Do you think they feel good about killing a "supposed" innocent man. The police don't always have the luxury of vetting someone before they shoot them. They made a decision for there safety when he did not listen to their commands right after a shot was fired. As sad as it may be that he was killed he was not innocent by any means. How about this statement: I had a friend that stayed there and said the police did the best they could and were very professional and if we knew the whole story we would be gratefull they are protecting us. Prove that story wrong, you can't, people can say random things on here to try to make their point. Unlike some people I choose the police over the criminal element always.
Eric Berg September 02, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Well stated! The only thing I would change is that it wasn't just for their safety that they made the decision...it was all of ours. Initially and immediately theirs and anyone in the vicinity, but truly all of ours. It may turn out that they acted in error and no amount of anything can bring the deceased back, but they made the best, split-second decision based upon the information available to them. But, like you, until someone can put down irrefutable evidence that the WPD acted deliberately and consciously in a manner not consistent with proper procedures, I'm going to side with the police.
jimmie joe kelley September 02, 2012 at 09:28 PM
"I'd rather be judged by twelve than carried by six" I bet it took ya longer than a split read that. I'm just sayin !
Lance Armstrong September 03, 2012 at 06:23 AM
LOL @ a drunk bike salesmen's opinion.
mary jensen September 04, 2012 at 05:31 PM
I totally agree with you. The Red Roof Inn is known only for the ability to get drugs and sex, not as a great place to stay, so this man not totally innocent. With over 24 police calls in one month, the police have to expect the worst and I feel for the officers involved.
Nathan K September 04, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Facts are facts. The cops opened fire on a unarmed man, low life or not. I am all about cleaning up the streets and my thoughts are shoot them all IF they are armed and posing a threat. Where is the training? I think they need more and this hotel should be set on fire.
Steve September 04, 2012 at 11:01 PM
I agree with nathan. Seems like cops should be able to identify in a split second decision if the man running out is a threat or not. We also must hope that the officers did not have such a presumptuous opinion about who was all at the Red Roof Inn at the time Mary. The phrase is plan for the worst hope for the best. And Jimmie Joe...what is that even supposed to mean?
Steve September 04, 2012 at 11:02 PM
The second part Jimmie Joe about Split read that.
Jenny Webb September 07, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Any of you people put your selves in those officers position? Do any of you risk your life every time you go to work. Would you care to have the entire world second guessing your every move? As a proud parent of one of the officers, I ask you to please get real! Would it make you happy if it was one of them that had died? If you hang with a bad crowd, somedays you pay in really harsh ways. He was told repeatedly to stop and drop. If I saw 3 officers (or anyone, for that matter) with weapons drawn on me, I know I would stop. My heart goes out to the victim and his family but the people inside the motel room created the situation and the officers responded as they are trained.
Laurie September 10, 2012 at 02:23 AM
I was staying at the hotel and was right in the mist of it. We heard everything that went on and saw the cops running around like they were nuts. We heard the cops screaming at Marc Henderson and we heard the shots that killed him. We also heard his last words and screams of pain before he passed away. We listened to everything from1:30 am to 5:00 am when the stand off ended. We had to stay locked in our room and thank God we didn't open our door or else we probably would have been shot by the cops also. I was there and for you who were not- don't judge unless you were also there and have the facts. I grew up in Woodbury and have loved it until that one night that I will NEVER get out of my mind. I feared my life more from the action of the cops for those long hours than I did from the gunman six rooms down. My heart goes out to Marc Hendersons mom and family and I will never get those horrible screams coming from an innocent unarmed person running to save his life yet to be killed by the people who were suppose to help him!
Laurie September 10, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Also the cops could have tazed Marc Henderson or shot at his legs to only injure him but 12 shots - you don't need to shoot someone 12 times unless you are out to kill. After we could go back to our room to get our stuff Saturday morning- we saw the aftermath again and it was horrific. The real story will come out.
E September 18, 2012 at 07:14 PM
I have a child that was there that night, you do not any of the victims to say they are low lives, my child lost a friend, a mom lost her son. And I know my child is not a low life. May be if you don't know what you are talking about you shouldn't speak!!
Randy Marsh September 18, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Sorry about your son's loss and the impact on those who cared about Mr. Henderson. I agree that It's not always easy to label someone who hangs out with underage girls in a seedy hotel with people, including an alleged rapist, who are using drugs. But for the uninformed it certainly doesn't sound like someone I want my daughter dating in a few years.
Susan September 18, 2012 at 08:11 PM
This is a horrible situation no matter what way you look at it. However, I am so tired of hearing people blame the police for this. The person to blame is the man that took it upon himself to cause such a horrific situation in the first place. These police officers do something daily that NOBODY can understand unless they are one. They are HUMANS that risk their life everyday approaching situations that they have no idea what they are walking into. It never ceases to amaze me that people talk so much trash about police officers, that is until THEY need help. Who is the first ones called then? Oh yes, police officers. Selfish attitude, don't you think? And sure, it's so easy for others to say, "well, they could of". Please. That is an arguement that goes both ways. Those people "could have" not put themselves in a situation that was illegal to begin with. It's always sad to hear of a life lost, no matter what the age, but people need to own up to their own behavior and stop blaming the very ones who are trying to keep US ALL safe. With this type of thinking do you also talk nonsense about our brave folks in the military? I mean, after all, they have to shoot at times too and during those times they have to take out a person who has family somewhere. Or is that differant because they are doing that to protect YOUR rights? Well, I have a right to be safe and I say thank you to our military AND our police officers!!! Unfortunate? Yes. The fault of the police...NO!!!
mark henderson January 22, 2013 at 10:10 AM
a young man was killed by wbp.Ithink they should be held responsiible,They over reacted,this man was running out of the room because he was a hostage,He saw an opportunity to escape an he ran,And was shot at.He was running for his life,LIke any of us would.Those officers open fire on him wiyhout any thought that he might be a hostage,Are these officers trained for situations like this?To only use deadly force if theres a weapon involved,or there lives are in danger.If that was a white kid that ran out that room would they still have fired?I dont think so,And to shoot him 12 times...come on people.I have his death certificate an it says....died by multiple gun shot wounds,The medical examiner ruled it as a HOMICIDE.these officers should be held responsible.my son was assignated by woodbury police.And for all of those who werent there,or only no what they heard.some of the statements Ive read are just so not true and ridicious.....A FATHER WAITING FOR JUSTICE.....Mark Eric Henderson Sr.


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