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This truck stop along U.S. Highway 218 in Floyd in Floyd County is where the incident began Wednesday that led to an offiicer-involved shooting in Bremer County.

JEFF REINITZ, COURIER STAFF WRITER

PLAINFIELD | The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation late Friday identified the man in the officer-involved shooting near Plainfield Wednesday night.

He was identified as Jihad Merrick 29, of Minneapolis. An autopsy has been conducted by the Iowa State Medical Examiner's Office, but officials did not release the results of it. Instead, DCI officials said they would forward the details to the Bremer County Attorney's Office for review.

Court records show Merrick received a speeding ticket from the Iowa State Patrol in Hamilton County in June 2014, when he was driving a green 1999 Chevrolet Malibu going 75 mph in a 70-mph zone on Interstate 35. He paid $87 in fines, court costs and surcharges the following month.

The incident began Wednesday night in Floyd County but ended with the shooting just inside the Bremer County line on Highway 218 in the southbound lanes at the 211.5 mile marker, officials said.

Officials in Floyd County received a 911 call about 8:30 p.m. of a person with a gun pointed at his head in the parking lot of the Love's Truck Stop near the community of Floyd. But before officers could arrive, he fled the area, driving south on Highway 218.

About 18 minutes later, a Nashua police officer saw the vehicle speeding on Highway 218 going 104 mph, the DCI said. The officer stopped the vehicle and said the driver got out and pointed a handgun at his own head.

Officers from the Bremer County Sheriff's Office, Chickasaw County Sheriff's Office and the Iowa State Patrol then arrived and started negotiating with the man. The negotiations went on for about 40 minutes on the highway, officials said, before the driver fired a shot from inside the vehicle.

Officers then approached the vehicle and found the driver unharmed. The driver resisted officers' attempts to take him into custody and drove the vehicle forward, striking an officer.

Two officers then fired their service weapons and struck the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

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