Bemidji man charged with shooting own work vehicle and falsely reporting a crime

A Bemidji man is facing a few charges after allegedly shooting his own work vehicle and falsely reporting a crime.

Court records say that on Monday, May 17, deputies responded to Highway 71 and Movil Lake Road on a report from a delivery driver that his work vehicle had been shot at.

A few days before this incident, 35-year-old Kevin Bannor reported he was victim to a verbal threat that involved a brandished handgun.

Kevin Bannor, 35, Bemidji. Photo courtesy of Beltrami County Jail.

Deputies found the evidence of broken glass in the vicinity Bannor described, but could not find shell casings.

Video records from the delivery truck reportedly show Bannor entering the truck with a pistol in hand, and is heard exclaiming that he “… forgot the cartridges.”

He then drives to his home and appears to have dropped off the pistol, before driving back to the scene.

After a search of Bannor’s home, six guns, one of them a semi-automatic, were discovered as was a large quantity of ammunition.

Bannor is the subject of a recent Order for Protection and is ineligible to possess firearms because of that order.

Damage to the truck is estimated at around $1,000.

Bannor’s charges include felony property damage, a gross misdemeanor for illegal guns, and the misdemeanor offense of falsely reporting a crime. Bannor made his first court appearance yesterday.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north-central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment, and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji and enjoys spending her spare time with her son Logan, daughter Brigid, and pets Vincent and Piper. She also loves reading, Star Trek, and gardening... badly.


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