Law enforcement identify man killed by officer in Bremer County

MGN Online

The Iowa Department of Public Safety has named the man that was shot and killed after injuring a police officer.

A news release sent late Friday night identified the man as 29-year-old Jihad Merrick of Minneapolis.

The Bremer County Sheriff's Office says officers were sent Wednesday night to a Floyd truck stop to check reports about a man pointing a gun at his head. Merrick left on U.S. Highway 218 before they arrived, but a Nashua officer soon stopped a speeding vehicle on the highway.

He then got out of the vehicle and pointed the gun at his head again. Law enforcement then negotiated with him for about 40 minutes until he fired a shot. No one was hit, and Merrick drove his vehicle at officers, injuring one. Two officers opened fire and fatally struck Merrick.

The incident is still being reviewed by law enforcement.

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