UPDATE: Names released in officer-involved shooting
Officials in northeastern Iowa have released the names of all officers and deputies at the scene of the fatal shooting of a Minneapolis man, but have refused to say which officers fired their guns.
Bremer County Attorney Kasey Wadding told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier that he was "not ready to disclose" which officers fired their guns or which ones delivered the fatal shot.
Officials say 29-year-old Jihad Merrick died after being shot Jan. 17 on Highway 218. Officials have said two officers fired on Merrick after he hit an officer with his car.
Wadding's office says the officials involved were:
- Bremer County Sheriff's Deputy Glenn Beenblossom
- Iowa State Trooper Chris Forsyth
- Chickasaw County Sheriff's Deputy Adam Hanson
- Iowa State Trooper Ken Haut
- Nashua Police Chief Travis Marvin
- Iowa State Trooper Nathaniel Miller
- Nashua Police Officer Benjamin Scholl
In a news release, Friday, Iowa authorities said investigators had identified the man killed in Wednesday night’s fatal officer-involved shooting as Jihad Merrick, 29, Minneapolis.
“An autopsy has been conducted by the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office and the results of that examination and the investigation will be forwarded to the Bremer County Attorney’s Office for review,” said the release from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. “This incident occurred on Highway 218 southbound at the 211.5 mile marker, which is inside Bremer County.”
At 8:31 p.m. the Floyd County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a person with a gun pointed at his head inside a car at Love's Truck Stop in Floyd.
Before officers got to the truck stop, the person in the vehicle left, driving southbound on Highway 218.
At 8:49 p.m., an officer in Nashua stopped a car speeding on Highway 218 at 104 mph.
When the officer stopped the car, the driver got out and pointed a handgun at his head.
The Bremer County Sheriff's Office, Chickasaw County Sheriff's Office, Nashua Police Department and the Iowa State Patrol responded, and negotiated with the driver.
After negotiating for about 40 minutes, the driver fired a shot from inside the car.
Officers approached the car and found the driver wasn't hurt.
The driver resisted the officer's trying to take him into custody and drove forward hitting an officer.
Two officers at the scene fired shots and hit the suspect.
The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is still investigating the incident.
The name has not been released of the suspect who died, as relatives are still being notified.
Authorities have reopened a portion of Highway 218. The Iowa State Patrol confirms that authorities closed part of the roadway near Plainfield because of a man with a gun.
The area is about 20 minutes north of Waverly. Officers first shut down the southbound exit and part of the highway around 9 p.m. Wednesday.
A Floyd County Sheriff's Deputy told a TV9 crew the Iowa State Patrol or Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation will be the investigating the incident.
A TV9 crew did see an ambulance at the scene, but the deputy says no officers were hurt. We're working to see if anyone else was.
This is a developing story. We will provide more information as it becomes available on KCRG.com and on KCRG-TV9 News.