GRAND FORKS -- A man who police say fired more than 40 rounds from an AK-47 during an incident May 27 has been charged with the murder of two people, including a Grand Forks police officer.

Salamah Pendleton, 41, of Grand Forks, has been charged with two counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder, one count of criminal mischief in excess of $10,000, one count of terrorizing and one count of reckless endangerment.

Officer Cody Holte died in the exchange of gunfire, as did Pendleton's 61-year-old mother Lola Moore who was in the apartment at the time of the incident.

At his initial appearance in court for a bond hearing, held over the phone on Friday afternoon, May 29, Grand Forks Narcotics Task Force Special Agent said he was with Pendleton in the hospital, where he said Pendleton was on a ventilator and unconscious.

Northeast Central Judicial District Presiding Judge Donald Hager set Pendleton's bond at $1 million cash-only, and ordered no contact with the officers involved in the incident and their families.

"This defendant was prepared to take a life just to avoid being removed from an apartment that he was evicted from," argued Grand Forks County Assistant State's Attorney Carmell Mattison. "This is a clear indication, Judge, to the state, that should this defendant be released he would not hesitate to open fire on anyone who attempts to arrest him."

She also argued that Pendleton's criminal history - which includes charges such as assault on a police officer and fleeing a police officer - show long-standing disregard for law enforcement. Hager agreed with her conclusion.

"Including the wounded law enforcement officers, the defendant's history while not being of the same level as the murder, certainly indicates his disregard for any law enforcement," Hager said. "With his assault on law enforcement in Iowa as well as his domestic assaults and his fleeing in North Dakota, obviously these charges are serious and present danger not only to law enforcement and their families but also to the community at large."

According to an affidavit of probable cause, written by Special Agent Steve Gilpin of the Grand Forks Narcotics Task Force, two sheriff's deputies arrived at Pendleton's residence Wednesday afternoon to enforce a court order for Pendleton and Moore, also listed as a tenant of the apartment, to vacate the premises. When deputies entered the residence, Pendleton retreated to a bedroom, according to the affidavit. When deputies opened the door, Pendleton allegedly fired at them with a 5.45-caliber AK-47 rifle, according to documents related to the case.

The affidavit states that one of the rounds fired at officers by Pendleton hit Moore, fatally wounding her.

The gunfire briefly stopped, and the deputies attempted to talk to Pendleton through the bedroom door and asked him to surrender his weapon, the affidavit said. Holte and GFPD Cpl. Patrick Torok then arrived on the scene in response to the deputies' call for more officers.

Eventually Pendleton opened the door and resumed firing, according to the affidavit, when he allegedly inflicted non-fatal gunshot wounds on Grand Forks County Sheriff's Cpl. Ron Nord.

Pendleton allegedly shot Holte three times. Holte was transported to Altru Hospital by ambulance, and was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Pendleton also suffered non-fatal gunshot wounds, according to the affidavit.

Law enforcement located 41 bullets fired by the AK-47 following the shootout, according to the affidavit, including in two neighboring occupied apartments. Police retrieved a number of firearms from the residence, including a 9mm Luger handgun, a Tantal AK-47, a Remington 5.97 .22-caliber rifle, several full and empty magazines and several boxes of ammunition of various calibers, the affidavit states.

If convicted of murder, the most serious charge, he faces a maximum penalty of life in prison without parole and a fine of $20,000. He will appear for a bond appearance at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 29, according to Grand Forks County State's Attorney Haley Wamstad.