Officers identified in Bremer County officer involved shooting

BREMER COUNTY — The names of officers involved in an officer-involved shooting earlier this month have been identified.

On Wednesday, the Bremer County Attorney’s Office identified the officers involved in the fatal Jan. 17 shooting as Iowa State Patrol troopers Nathaniel Miller, Chris Forsyth and Ken Haut; Bremer County Sheriff’s Office deputy Glenn Beenblossom; Nashua Police Chief Travis Marvin; Nashua police officer Benjamin Scholl and Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Office deputy Adam Hanson.

Jihad Merrick, 29, of Minneapolis, had previously been identified as the man shot by law enforcement.

Wednesday’s press release does not include the roles of the officers in the incident.

Authorities previously said that around 8:31 p.m. Jan. 17, the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call about a man pointing a gun to his head, sitting inside a vehicle at a truck stop in Floyd. The man, later identified as Merrick, fled south on Highway 218 before officers could respond.

At 8:49, a Nashua police officer stopped a vehicle observed going 104 mph on Highway 218. Merrick got out of the vehicle and pointed a handgun at his head.

Additional officers from the Bremer and Chickasaw county sheriff’s offices, Nashua Police Department and Iowa State Patrol responded to the scene. Officials on the scene negotiated with Merrick for about 40 minutes until he fired a shot from inside the vehicle.

Officers approached the vehicle and determined Merrick was not hurt. Authorities said Merrick resisted attempts to be taken into custody and hit an officer with his vehicle. Two officers fired, killing Merrick.

The incident remains investigation by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

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