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PLAINFIELD | The Bremer County Attorney’s Office has released the names of the officers involved in a fatal shooting near Plainfield earlier this month.

The officers, who are named in no particular order, are:

• Trooper Nathaniel Miller.

• Trooper Chris Forsyth.

• Trooper Ken Haut.

• Bremer County Deputy Glenn Beenblossom.

• Nashua Police Chief Travis Marvin.

• Nashua Police Officer Benjamin Scholl.

• Chickasaw County Deputy Adam Hanson.

The investigating agencies have not said which officers fired the shots or if they have been placed on leave. 

Jihad Merrick, 29, of Minneapolis, was fatally shot by officers after a chase Jan. 17. Officials said the incident began with a 911 call of a person, later identified as Merrick, pointing a gun at his head in the parking lot of Love's Truck Stop near Floyd about 8:30 p.m. 

Merrick then fled the area and was stopped by a Nashua police officer for going 104 mph on Highway 218 in Bremer County, officials said, and exited the vehicle with a handgun pointed at his head. 

Officials from three agencies arrived and began negotiating with the man, who fired a shot from inside the vehicle about 40 minutes later. 

Merrick was unharmed, officials said, but resisted arrest and drove his vehicle forward, striking an officer, who has not been identified. 

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

An autopsy has been conducted by the Iowa State Medical Examiner's Office, but officials did not release the results of it. Instead, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation officials said they would forward the details to the Bremer County Attorney's Office for review.

Contact Courtney at 641-421-0534 or on Twitter @CourtneyFiorini.




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