ND delegation reacts to death of Bismarck Sgt. Steven Kenner

North Dakota’s congressional delegation offered their condolences on Monday to family and friends of a Bismarck police officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty Friday night.

Sgt. Steven Kenner, 56, responded with another officer Friday night to a call about a man threatening a woman with a knife, the Associated Press reported Monday. Authorities said responding officers found Steven G. Bannister sitting in a van outside a mobile home; as they approached the van, Bannister allegedly shot Kenner.

Bannister was charged Monday with murder and felony terrorizing.

In separate written statements, Sens. Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Rep. Rick Berg offered their condolences to Kenner’s family, colleagues and friends. Here’s what they wrote.

Sen. Kent Conrad:

Lucy and I offer our deepest condolences to the Kenner family, the Bismarck Police Department and all those whose lives were touched by Sergeant Kenner. He served with bravery and honor. Sgt. Kenner’s influence went well beyond his service in uniform. He was a community leader who made a positive impression on all who had the privilege of meeting him. He will be missed.

Sen. John Hoeven:

As longtime residents of Bismarck, Mikey and I are deeply saddened by Sergeant Kenner’s tragic death. His family, friends and neighbors and the Bismarck Police Department are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. North Dakota is consistently ranked as one of the safest states in the nation, in large part because of the courage and commitment of officers like Sergeant Kenner. He served the community with dedication and honor, and we owe him and his family a tremendous debt.

Rep. Rick Berg:

Tracy and I join thousands of North Dakotans in offering our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Sergeant Kenner. As a valued leader in both the Bismarck Police Department and throughout the Bismarck community, he will be deeply missed. We are grateful for his years of dedicated service and will remember the sacrifices he and his family have made. Tracy and I will continue to keep his family, friends and the people of Bismarck in our thoughts and prayers.

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