A prosecutor says two Iowa police officers fired shots at a vehicle from close range after the driver sped in their direction following a pursuit.
Jefferson County Attorney Tim Dille says investigators believe the officers’ shots struck the vehicle carrying a 19-year-old driver and his 16-year-old female passenger but didn’t hit either occupant.
The driver, 19-year-old Dakota Murray, was jailed on charges of eluding law enforcement. The passenger wasn’t charged.
Dille says Murray fled from an officer who tried to pull him over in Fairfield early Tuesday. After a roughly 15-mile pursuit, Murray’s vehicle spun out and ended up in a ditch. Dille says that when officers approached the vehicle to take him into custody, Murray drove at them in a “reckless manner” before they opened fire.
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