MANKATO — A drug arrest turned to gunfire Wednesday night after law enforcement officers attempted to stop a vehicle near the Days Inn on Range Street.
Agents with the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force received a tip that a suspect they were looking for, 31-year-old Marlow Shelton McDonald, had been seen in the area of the 1200 block of Range Street, said Capt. Rich Murry of the Blue Earth County Sheriff's Department. Officers saw McDonald and another man, 30-year-old Abdullahi Mohamoud Mohamed, getting into a vehicle.
The agents called for assistance from law enforcement in uniform and Blue Earth sheriff's deputy Brian Martin responded, a Sheriff's Department news release said. Martin and the agents used their vehicles to box in the other vehicle so the suspects could be arrested.
At that point the suspect driving stopped briefly before allegedly accelerating and crashing into Martin's squad car. After that crash, the driver backed up at a high rate of speed and crashed into the driver's side of the vehicle being used by the task force, investigators reported.
Martin got out of his car after it was hit and attempted to get the driver to stop. Instead, the driver sped toward Martin and the deputy responded by firing several shots at the driver, the release said. Investigators suspect McDonald was driving but weren't sure Thursday afternoon.
"At this point we think we know, but that's not 100 percent," Murry said.
The vehicle sped away and eventually turned west across the Neighborhood Thrift Store parking lot and back onto West Lind Street, the release said. The vehicle turned left onto Lake Street before leaving the road and going up a steep driveway at 1255 Lake St. It crashed into the ground after driving over a retaining wall.