Pendleton released from hospital, booked into jail ahead of upcoming court appearance

Salamah Pendleton, 41, is accused of opening fire on two Grand Forks County Sheriff's deputies last month. The shootout resulted in the death of Pendleton's mother and a Grand Forks police officer, and the injury of a sheriff's deputy.

Salamah Pendleton.

Salamah Pendleton, the alleged shooter in an incident that left two dead last month, has been released from Altru Hospital and was booked into Grand Forks County Correctional Center on Monday, June 22. His bond has been set at $1 million cash-only.

Pendleton, 41, is accused of opening fire on two Grand Forks County Sheriff's deputies on May 27 when they attempted to serve him eviction paperwork at his Grand Forks apartment. Police say he fired more than 40 rounds from an AK-47, injuring one of the deputies and killing Grand Forks Police officer Cody Holte, who responded to the deputies' call for assistance. Pendleton's mother, Lola Moore, was also killed in the shootout.

Pendleton was taken into custody after suffering gunshot injuries from police. The extent of his injuries has not been confirmed due to HIPAA laws, but at his initial court appearance on May 29, a state investigator told the court that Pendleton was unconscious and on a ventilator.

Pendleton is facing two counts of murder with extreme indifference, three counts of attempted murder, criminal mischief resulting in damage in excess of $10,000, terrorizing and reckless endangerment with extreme indifference. If convicted of murder, he faces a maximum penalty of two life sentences in prison without parole, one sentence for each charge. He faces an additional maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $20,000 fine, if convicted for each attempted murder charge, 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine, if convicted for criminal mischief, and five years in prison and a $10,000 fine each, if convicted for terrorizing and reckless endangerment.

He is scheduled to appear for an arraignment and preliminary hearing on Monday, June 29. A final dispositional conference is scheduled for Sept. 10.


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Grand Forks Police Department officer Cody Holte's Memorial Service was held Tuesday, June 2, at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks. Photo by Russell Hons

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