Two men appear in court on charges related to Friday’s pursuit and gunfire exchange

Featured photo, from left: Isaac Nabors, Jr., 21, Duluth and Rowan White, 20, Cass Lake. Photos courtesy of the Beltrami County Jail.

Two men appeared in Beltrami County Court Tuesday, on charges related to Friday’s pursuit and gunfire exchange with law enforcement.

Twenty-one-year-old Isaac Nabors, Jr., of Duluth is facing a first degree assault charge for allegedly firing a weapon at a peace officer, and 20-year-old Rowan White of Cass Lake is facing charges of fleeing police and driving under the influence of drugs.

According to the criminal complaints, last Friday night, Beltrami County deputies were informed of a carjacking in Cass Lake.

One deputy identified the suspect vehicle on Mission Road a few minutes later, and after an attempted traffic stop called in a pursuit.

The deputy reported that a bullet struck his squad inches from his head while in close pursuit on the scenic highway toward Blackduck.

The pursuit ended near the intersection of Main Street in Blackduck.

A 9mm handgun was seized from inside the stolen Honda near where Nabors was seated, and deputies also located about one gram of methamphetamine near the driver’s side of the car.

The two will make their next court appearance next week.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the alleged carjacking, and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating an officer involved shooting related to the case.

According to the BCA, Deputy Tim Bender, a 31-year veteran of the department, and Deputy Charles Nelson, a 17-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, discharged their weapons.

No one was struck by gunfire in this incident, and both deputies are on standard administrative leave.


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 family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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