The Free Press, Mankato, MN

May 9, 2014

Deadly force, drug charges filed

Passenger in suspect's car released

By Dan Nienaber

---- — MANKATO — A Mankato man facing first-degree assault charges for allegedly attempting to run over a deputy demanded a speedy trial Friday.

Marlow Shelton McDonald, 31, made the unusual demand without assistance from a public defender who was representing him during the bail hearing. Blue Earth County District Court Judge Bradley Walker told McDonald the speedy trial demand would have to come during a later hearing.

The judge ordered McDonald's bail be set at $350,000.

He was arrested Wednesday night after he allegedly attempted to escape while being arrested by the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force. Task force agents had used an informant to buy methamphetamine from McDonald five different times in April, according to a criminal complaint filed Friday. About $1,200 in marked cash was used to buy about 14 grams of meth, the agents reported.

Another man who was arrested with McDonald, 30-year-old Abdullahi Mohamoud Mohamed, has been released. Charges are not being requested for Mohamed, said sheriff's Capt. Rich Murry. He only was arrested because investigators suspected he might have been driving the Chrysler 300M car that was shot at after it allegedly sped toward deputy Brian Martin.

Task force agents were monitoring McDonald's location Wednesday and asked for assistance from two Blue Earth County sheriff's deputies when McDonald was located at apartments along West Lind Street in Mankato. The agents pulled behind the car and Martin pulled in front of the car to force it to stop.

The officers reported McDonald slammed into Martin's marked squad car, then backed into the undercover vehicle and hit Martin's car again before speeding away, the complaint said. Martin, who got out of his car after it was hit the first time, reported he tripped and fell as he attempted to back away as the car drove toward him.

"Deputy Martin stated that the suspect vehicle continued driving toward him, and he was in fear of severe injury or death, so he discharged his firearm in the direction of the driver of the vehicle," the complaint said. "He believed that he fired three to five shots."

The deputy in the other marked car, Lt. Tim Mohr, pursued the car as it sped west on West Lind Street and turned south on to Lake Street heading into North Mankato. Mohr reported he forced the car off the road, causing it to go up a steep driveway at a high rate of speed and crash after going over a retaining wall.

No officers were injured during the incident. Injuries suffered by McDonald and Mohamed resulted from the crash.

Seventeen small bags of methamphetamine, weighing a total of about 7 grams, and a loaded handgun were found in McDonald's car when it was searched, the complaint said.

McDonald has been charged with first-degree assault including using deadly force against and officer, first- and second-degree drug sales and being a felon in possession of a firearm.